Reggie Yates: Life & Death In Chicago

This is one of the most powerful and moving documentaries I have watched in a long, long time. The main reason I have decided to share my opinions about this particular documentary, is because I feel it could really create some conversations – good conversations about important things which NEED to be changed NOW.

Okay, so this particular ‘Reggie Yates’ documentary for BBC Three follows Reggie as he heads out to Chicago, here he listens to real stories from everyday people living in Chicago. But all of these people who appear on screen have all been unfortunate enough to have been near, or affected by a shooting somewhere in the city. In Chicago, (according to this documentary) over 500 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone. Reggie aims to find out what can be done to stop this excessive violence.

I know that Reggie Yates isn’t one of the most amazing documentary presenters out there, but he certainly does a good job at being relatable. I can really feel myself relating to the way he responds and reacts to each situation he finds himself in. His reactions seem genuine and are often quite thought-provoking. I also found it interesting that he came up with this point;

“I think the problem is that…everybody feels like they’re the victim of the situation and I don’t think enough people are asking well what role do we play in the problem”

This point alone, I think, could change so many people’s perceptions on the current situation in the USA; the situation in America has become far too normalised. However, valid and worthwhile points such as these, added together with the heartbreaking stories from some of the families and friends of the shooting victims (particularly Mike’s story) is enough to make anyone want to try and make a change for the better.

I hope I have at least done the minimum by sharing this documentary with you.

Ramble over.

 

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