This title may invoke thoughts of Five Points, DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis but I ask you to think of the "The Warriors" instead.
For those who are not aware, "The Warriors" (1979) is a film that dramatically explores the New York City gang culture of the 70s that saw violence raging from the Bronx all the way down to Coney Island.
Due to the film's flare, I never imagined that it was actually inspired by the city's conditions. However, "Rubble Kings" a 2010 documentary film shows the rugged reality of New York street gangs of the epoque; and the wardrobe and setting aren't as far off as I'd thought.
From 1968 to 1975, NYC was ruled by street gangs. The ideals of the civil rights movement hadn't brought much change to the city's neighborhoods. There was a constant underlying tension that couldn't be fixed by any social agency and manifested itself through bloodshed. Gang violence ran rampid through the five boroughs, especially in poorer neighborhoods, where almost every street had a gang.
This was especially true in the Bronx, which by the late 70s was in total shambles. Out of all this oppression came the Hip-Hop movement, which would permanently change New York City and make waves around the world. This documentary tells the story of all the hardship and forgotten individuals who's actions would shape the city's future.
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