One Mile Away (2012)
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The picture covers familiar ground and tends to ramble somewhat repetitively.
For this documentary about gang rivalry, filmmaker Penny Woolcock returns to the setting of her 2009 rap musical 1 Day and finds a story that's even more powerful than the first time around.
The doc's short on context, and too forgiving of its poster boys, but as a study of their commitment to bettering themselves and the community, it's inspiring.
Woolcock should have realised that somewhere amid all her shapeless "docu" there was a "drama" - this one, a human one - to be found and properly focused.
If One Mile Away can foster a sense of whole-city community within certain factions, a 7 Up style sequel would be a good thing for everyone to aim for.
Woolcock's coy interview style is a typically mixed blessing: it gains gang-members' trust, but a more probing approach might have revealed more.
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