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Cheating Death - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB532471
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Rosalie Bellefontaine, Peter Starr, Silva Basmajian
Directors:  Eric Geringas
Producing Agencies:  Death Defying Productions Inc. (Toronto), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Black History, Criminal Justice & Law, Diversity, Documentary
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  24:29
Closed Captions:  Yes

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At 13, Gyasi Ferdinand was an innocent kid from Trinidad, living with his mom in suburban Toronto.

By 17, everything had changed. Gyasi was pulling in up to $2000 a night selling crack cocaine. The 9mm in his waistband had earned him the street name J9.

At 25, he lost it all. Four bullets from a rival dealer's gun left Gyasi inches from death. The shooting led to a profound spiritual experience, and a personal struggle that Gyasi had never anticipated.

For Gyasi to live, J9 had to die.

Cheating Death takes us inside the mind of a man still struggling with the temptations of the street while at the same time trying to serve God. This documentary is a journey into the world of drugs, gangs and guns - a world much talked about and feared but rarely understood.

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