Omaha has a long-standing problem with gangs and youth-on-youth violence and is one of the most dangerous cities to live in for African American youth.
'I Dream of an Omaha Where . . .' is a collaborative project involving former gang members and people who have been affected by gangs. The project, moderated by nationally known performer and writer Daniel Beaty, takes the participants through intense and moving workshops to a performance of a play which utilizes the transcripts of the workshops.
The 'I Dream' project was a transformative experience for those sharing their stories, and is also changing the dialogue in Omaha and similarly affected cities about the nature and impact of gang violence. Most of all, it is putting a human face on those who have or still are participating in gangs and the people who have been tragically affected by gang violence.
Director: Mele Mason
Graduate of UCLA' s prestigious film school. Owner of Mason Video Production Company
The gang violence that has plagued large cities across the United States has filtered into smaller communities such as Omaha. There must be a way for the community to address the violence and to heal.
Completion Date:October 17, 2015
Production Budget:60,000 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States