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Film Review: Freedia Got a Gun

13:00 October 22, 2020
By: David Vicari

Hip-hop artist Big Freedia examines gun violence in her home city of New Orleans in the sobering documentary Freedia Got a Gun.

Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, lost a younger brother, Adam, to a senseless shooting and now uses her platform as a celebrity to raise awareness about gun culture.

In director Chris McKim's documentary, Freedia visits with sixth and seventh graders who talk about their parents getting killed in shootings, and now these kids carry guns themselves for protection. A middle-school student named Devin seems to be heading straight into this world of violence. At 14 years old, he has already racked up grand theft auto charges and has also made enemies in the neighborhood.

Lots of these young black males don't have positive role models and are taught to keep their emotions wrapped up inside. The movie talks about children in New Orleans who lived through Hurricane Katrina and developed PTSD with no healthy outlet for it. Solutions to gun violence are discussed, and it starts with communication. Saving one young black child leads to saving another, then another.

There is so much more thought-provoking information packed into this 85-minute documentary that has not even been touched on here. Freedia Got a Gun deserves to be seen and is streaming free on Peacock, NBC's streaming service. All you have to do is sign up.

*** ½ Stars (Out of Four)

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