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Rampage

Kris Rothstein

After filming Elliot Lovett, an American G.I., for a study of soldiers and their music, the Australian documentary filmmaker George Gittoes followed Lovett back to his home in the Brown Sub ghetto in Miami. The neighbourhood he found there was every bit as dangerous and chilling as the streets of Baghdad, and the comparison is always under the surface in the resulting film, Rampage. Elliot and his extended family are creative—they compose and perform original rap and hip hop music all day—but they are also part of a culture of violence: in their life it is a rare day that passses without gunfire. Among those living in the chaos is fourteen-year-old Denzel, Elliot’s brother and a musician of great promise. When someone in Brown Sub is killed during the filming, Gittoes flies Denzel to New York to meet agents and lawyers, and to Australia to just chill out. It’s hard to believe what this kid has seen, and the extent to which Gittoes throws himself into trying to change the life of one child.

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