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    White Light

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    Australia, USA


    96 min

    • English


    Englewood, South Side Chicago (aka Chi-Raq) has worse gun violence statistics than any active war zone of the last two decades. Interviewing friends and family, Gittoes documents the young victims, such as 'Prince of the Streets' Solja and Kaylyn, the gang's guardian angel said to be protecting them from the grave. Gittoes explores why these civilian deaths are happening and highlights the ways the community is working to bring peace and end the cycle of revenge and retaliation.



    George Gittoes
    Waqar Alam
    George Gittoes
    Peter O'Donogoue
    George Gittoes

    George Gittoes


    George Gittoes is a major Australian artist, photographer and filmmaker. For nearly four decades he has documented some of the worlds most notorious conflicts. From the killing fields of Bosnia to the brutal massacres of Rwanda, Gittoes has documented the best and worst of the human condition. From the beginning his works have typically reflected his social, political and humanitarian observations of man's treatment of his fellow man. Gittoes has been described variously as a pop artist, a figurative artist, a modernist and a post modernist. Ultimately he is a documenter. Through drawing, painting, film making and the written and spoken word he reflects and tells the stories of what he has seen and experienced. Acclaimed as one of Australia’s most important artists, in 2015 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his life's work in contributing to the peace making process. As an artist he has received critical acclaim. In 1995 he was awarded with the Blake Prize for religious art for one of his most important paintings ‘The Preacher’. In 2008 he was awarded and honoree Dr of Letter by the University of NSW. His work has been collected by the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia. George has been widely collected by the regional galleries throughout Australia. In 2016 Gittoes was a finalist in the Sulman Art Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW and his documentary SNOW MONKEY (2015) was selected in the Brisbane Asian Film Festival. His latest documentary WHITE LIGHT tackles the issue of gang violence in Chicago.