Tiny Feature Saturdays – A Trinidad Teen

Trinidad & Tobago has one of the highest murder rates in the world.  I am a first generation Brooklynite of Trinidadian heritage, so I am very aware of just just how violent it is.  Tragically a cousin I knew lost his life over there to this type of violence.  According to my folks it wasn’t that long ago that violent crime was such a rare occurrence that any incident would be the talk of the entire island, but now according to the director’s vimeo page;

“Trinidad & Tobago’s homicide rate rised 38% in 2008 and in 2009 overtook Jamaica as caribbean homicide capital. Rates are measured against population. 30 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 08′, one of the highest murder rates in the world. These figures are from the Economist (caribbean national) and United States State Department.”

Here is a beautifully shot documentary by Glen Milner focusing on some of the tough choices Trinidadian youth face, and how sports play a role.



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