“Shell Shocked” documentary to screen at Watson Ministries, followed by discussion with director

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The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward.

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 4422 St. Charles Avenue. For more information, see the news release from the church below:

2015 began in New Orleans with an all too familiar occurrence, gun violence and death, when a father and son were gunned down in front of their home.

A one-hour documentary, SHELL SHOCKED, which explores the environment that contributes to this type of gun violence, especially among youth, as well as offers community based solutions, will be screened Wednesday, January 7, at 6:30 pm at 4422 St. Charles Ave. The Family Center of Hope and Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries host the free screening.

Immediately following the showing of the film, Director John Richie and The Family Center of Hope Executive Director Pat Watson will lead the audience in an open discussion to explore conceptualizing, actionable solutions to gun violence.

We are in a crisis.  The Black community has been impacted by gun violence at every level.  Be it at the hands of law enforcement in New Orleans, Ferguson or New York or by the hand of one of their peers, we are losing black men by the thousands.  Please join the screening of SHELL SHOCKED and lend your voices to develop much-needed solutions.

To see more about John Richie’s current project addressing gun violence, please visit and consider donating to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/199805024/91-a-documentary-about-guns-in-america.

For more information about The Family Center of Hope, visit www.fchnola.com or www.facebook.com/familycenterofhope. Call 504.891.3264.

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