The Lost Streets of Chicago’: New documentary explores city violence
Chicago’s homicide crisis is getting worldwide attention, thanks to a new documentary called “The Lost Streets of Chicago.”
It’s a look at the violence in Chicago’s neighborhoods through the eyes of a foreigner, and British Broadcasting correspondent Ian Pannell uses rappers like CTC DuWop to tell the story.
“You got to be ready man, I don’t know how to reiterate that. Ain’t no second chances man. When we turn the alleys here, you can already see the shorty’s on top of the cars, they know the cars. The lost streets of Chicago,” Duwop said in the documentary.
Pannell says his mini-documentary has been seen by over 300 million viewers. He decided to explore violence in inner cities after hearing about the disproportionate number of young black males who are homicide victims.
Choosing to focus on Chicago was easy.
“You just passed the three thousandth person shot in nine months. That shocks me, it should shock any journalist. That’s not normal, as one of our contributors said, that’s not normal. I don’t see how that is a situation of anything other than madness,” Pennell said.
Pannell says he relied on local rappers for access to neighborhoods, because they have an easier time crossing gang boundaries where turf wars can be dangerous.
“Many of the rappers have to deal with different sections of the community through music, through promotion, they have a level of street credibility, which allows you to get access to areas that otherwise would be difficult if not dangerous to go into,” Pannell said.
With rappers leading the way, viewers get a taste of the filming of a new video, and a lesson in survival.