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Eric Geringas
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Cheating Death

CHEATING DEATH is about choices and second chances. For ten years, Trinidanian Gyasi Ferdinand was known as J9. He was a crack dealer in a very rough neighborhood. The he got shot. The shooting led to a profound spiritual experience, and a personal struggle that Gyasi had never anticipated. For Gyasi to live, J9 had to die.

CHEATING DEATH is a frank, intimate documentary that takes us inside the mind of a man struggling to break free of the street. The film is a journey into a world much talked about but rarely understood. A National Film Board of Canada production.

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"provocative and insightful tale… it gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of innumerable young Black men in the Caribbean diaspora… Geringa's video can act as a springboard for deeper discussions of issues such as childshifting, the feminization of poverty (particularly among racialized immigrant workers), cultural alienation, migration and racism."
- Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, Caribbean Studies Journal

  • San Francisco International Film Festival, 2006

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