Federally-funded youth anti-gang film coming soon

    WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - <a href="http://www.realchoicesthemovie.com">Real Choices</a>, a soon-to-be-released
interactive DVD, will show Canadian kids the strategies and the solutions to
make 'real choices' when dealing with real-life gangs.
    Developed for young people at-risk of gang involvement, Real Choices
teaches youth effective decision making and problem solving skills so that
they can resist the influence of gangs. The film features multiple plotlines
allowing the audience to choose the course of action for the main characters
then view and discuss the real-life consequences of their choices.
    "This film invites us into the fragility of the youth of today with the
task of moving away from conflict and violence to a more compassionate way of
living," says the film's Executive Producer Rose Silvestro emphasizing that
the plotlines are based on real-life experiences of youth who have been
involved in the gang lifestyle.
    "This project has helped me realize that people can change, that everyone
deserves a second chance and that just one opportunity and one real choice can
change your whole life," says Gerardo, one of the youth actors that has
witnessed the damage gang life can have on kids.
    The real-life dynamic of these characters combined with the hard-hitting
bonus clips featuring real kids like Gerardo are sure to spark an interest in
even the hardest of youth making them realize 'in their language' the dangers
associated with joining street gangs, says Chad Archibald, Film Director.
    "We designed Real Choices to be an essential resource for teachers,
social support agencies and law enforcement officials working with today's
youth" says Chad adding that printed curriculum materials to stimulate
classroom discussion and promote group participation in the decision-making
process accompany the film including exercises and activities based on gangs
in pop culture.

    Creators and Funders

    Real Choices is produced by The Conflict Resolution Network Canada and
LOAD Media and is funded by the Crime Prevention Council, Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Canada and Correctional Service Canada.

For further information:

For further information: www.realchoicesthemovie.com, Sheila McConnell,
M.A., Communications Manager, Conflict Resolution Network Canada,
1-877-885-0440 ext. 276, crnetwork@crnetwork.ca

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