Thursday, May 2 2013, 12:40 PM MDT
DVD Review: G-DOG
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: April 30, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: Father Greg Boyle, aka “G-Dog,” is a priest that has spent the last 25 years helping former gang members to turn away from a life of crime and become productive members of their community.
Recommendation: There is a lot to be learned from Freida Mock’s documentary G-DOG as it puts on display Greg Boyle’s unique and successful way of rehabilitating former gang members. Boyle not only finds work for those that are willing to set aside their criminal past (and future), he also gives them a safe haven where they can be supported by individuals in similar situations. He doesn’t try to reprogram them or strip them of their identity. He simply gives them options. It’s a beautiful testament to how love and understanding, rather than suspicion and fear, can change a person.
G-DOG is a no-nonsense sort of documentary that doesn’t hide behind or rely upon fancy graphics or reenactments. This a good thing because the story doesn’t need any razzle dazzle to make it engaging as Mock’s fly-on-the-wall aesthetic fits the subject matter perfectly.
-Ryan Michael Painter