New York, NY – March 2014 – There are over 70,000 active gang members in Central America.
In Guatemala City, there are places where the police dare not go.
Even in the depths of despair – there is a group of young people that don’t just dance…but dance for their lives.
With one of the highest murder rates in the world, there is a common phrase that Guatemalans say about their country “la vida no vale nada” (life is worth nothing).
In Guatemala, it is known that the only way you leave a gang is in a coffin. But for one group of young people, beyond the despair, remains a hope found not in gun shots but in break dancing.
In the documentary BBOY for LIFE, Nadus Films, New World Distribution, and Aspiration Media take audiences through the bloody streets and dangerous world of life in Guatemala City, where three young people defy the statistics and risk their lives by turning their back on the gang life of their peers.
When the life of an active female gang member, Leidy, intersects with street break dancers Cheez and Gato, they discover the common thread of wanting to escape their violent environment filled with fear and uncertainty, and set an example for the younger generation.
BBOY for LIFE documents the lives of break dancers, and the hope and freedom they discover in their dance.
It is in dance they escape the world of crime, hatred, and the violence that suffocates them. When the b-boys dance, they discover the freedom to express their feelings and frustrations.
Meet Leidy, an active gang member fresh out of prison. Watch her struggle to decide on leaving the gang life despite the danger it will bring on her and her family.
Can she find the courage to put her past behind her and find a new life for her and her sons from the deadly gang life?
As Leidy comes to terms with her past and seeks forgiveness from her family, her spirit is awakened by the b-boy community and the passion and freedom they have found in break dancing.
Cheez and Gato are b-boys who have traded the sounds of gun shots for music, family, and laughter. The b-boys bring competition to the dance not the streets. There is no fear, hatred, or bloodshed in the dance like there is in the streets of Guatemala.
For the b-boys, it is their dream to dance. It is the dance that bonds them, unites them, and makes them stronger. It is who they choose to be. It is the only freedom they know. It is where they have found family.
It is through dance the b-boy’s find peace. It is in their blood for life.
Director and producer, Coury Deeb, hopes audiences will become awakened to the injustices happening in Guatemala and understand that art and talent can combat evil. While filming, Deeb spent time in dark alleys with gangsters, slept on floors in crowded homes in the ghetto, and became friends with the b-boys and b-girls that battled on the stage.