New documentary on violence in New Orleans claims profound implications for most American cities

A new documentary calls youth violence in New Orleans “the city’s greatest neglected crisis” and seeks “positive solutions to an extremely negative situation.”

According to

New Orleans, Louisiana is the murder capital of the United States. For the last decade, statistics have shown murder rates four to six times higher than the national average. Eighty percent of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years. This is the city’s greatest neglected crisis with profound implications for the issues of violence and crime most American cities face.

Shell Shocked attempts to bridge the gap of this disconnect by hearing the ideas, opinions, and testimonies from activists, community leaders, police, city officials, youth program directors, family and friends of victims, and the children who live in these violent circumstances. We are looking for positive solutions to an extremely negative situation.

The producers explain how the project developed on their companion Facebook page:

The filmmakers selected five New Orleans teenagers to take part in a documentary class. The teens spent 15 months creating short documentaries about their lives. During that time they were taught how to develop story ideas, light, shoot, and edit the interviews that they conducted. The teens also gave poignant interviews to the filmmakers that give a candid look into the life and environment in which they live.

According to, 15 screenings of the film were shown at high schools all throughout New Orleans last month and the documentary has been selected for screening on May 16th at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Resilience conference in New Orleans.¬†Two free, public screenings are scheduled in New Orleans this month.