“This Ain’t Normal” follows the lives of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner city Boston, the youth advocacy street and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organisations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity. Told primarily through the point of view of gang involved youth/young adults, entangled in the intractable violence of inner city Boston, the film examines the individual motives behind those perpetrating violence, the culture and circumstances that precipitate these behaviors and the staff of StreetSafe Boston, who are on the frontline, delivering interventions in an effort to prevent violence and ultimately provide opportunities that stabilize the lives of the young men responsible for the majority of the gun violence.
Feature (109mins) Documentary | United States of America
Trinidadian born and Boston-bred, Rudy Hypolite is a director and producer. He is an American Film Institute (AFI) Robert M. Bennett short film award and Henry Hampton feature length documentary award recipient. Previous films include, "PUSH: Madison v Madison", the acclaimed inner city sports documentary, currently in distribution on ESPN Classics and PBS' World's America Reframed and American Graduate series. Hypolite manages Harvard University's Science Center Media and Technology Services and is the former director, editor and producer for the Harvard@Home multimedia website. He is a graduate of Boston University's Television and Film Program.