The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding are pleased to present the screening of:
License to Operate
A real life documentary film of gang members turned street saviours, followed by a discussion with former gang member turned peace-keeper Aquil Basheer, Founder, Professional Community Intervention Training, Los Angeles
18:00 - 20:00
Auditorium A1A, Maison de la Paix
In Los Angeles, a group of former gang members have joined forces with community leaders and law enforcement on a mission to break the cycle of violence that they were once a part of creating.
LTO, or “license to operate” is a term given to gang members who’ve been leaders among their ranks, and hold ultimate power based on the actions of their past. But director James Lipetzky is out to show that those with that license could potentially use it to the advantage of their neighborhood. This documentary introduces us to several former rival gang members in Los Angeles on a shared mission to stop the cycle of gang violence that roped them in so long ago. We watch as they use their respected status to compromise power balances, control retaliation attacks, and negotiate on behalf of their communities, and as law enforcement begin to view these ex-gang members as crucial to the future peace of their city.
At its heart, License to Operate is a film about redemption, hope and change. It's about rebuilding relationships and forging new alliances. It's about healing the wounds of a community. It's about how the effort of a few can change the direction of an entire city.
Watch the Official Trailier
This event will be moderated by Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform