Baltimore Rising Documentary
Directed by Sonja Sohn, Baltimore Rising follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard. The strife that grips Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray exposes longstanding fault lines in a distraught and damaged community. Baltimore Rising chronicles the determined efforts of people on all sides who fight for justice and work to make their city better, sometimes coming together in unexpected ways, discovering a common humanity where before they often saw each other only as adversaries.
Wired Up! was a special community event that honored Baltimore’s ‘unsung heroes’ and serves to reunite The Wire cast for a very special ensemble performance. The audience was comprised of a diverse mix of the city itself; special outreach took place in neighborhoods like Penn-North. An ensemble piece featuring actors from The Wire dramatized the Uprising, taking the community on an emotional and ultimately empowering journey. A special performance – featuring one of today’s hottest artists – concluded the show.
ReWired for Life!
ReWired for Life! is a life skills, violence prevention and self-esteem building program that uses media, resource activities, and the arts as tools for personal transformation. Through various interactive lesson plans, participants learn the value of self-reflection and the necessity of thinking critically about their life choices, family and community relationships, and how to succeed in life and change the world around them. In the pilot program, the HBO hit series “The Wire” was used as a teaching tool where students view, analyze and discuss various episodes, while thinking about the implications of the themes in their lives. ReWired for Life! participants were youth, ages 14-21, who had been recently been released from the juvenile system. We are greatly indebted to Parks to People, and Youth Opportunity! Baltimore in East Baltimore. both for the valuable support and assistance they offered to the ReWired For Life! program during the pilot phase. ReWired for Change! is currently working to place this program in satellite locations.
The Baltimore Wake Up
The Baltimore Wake Up was a community empowerment initiative of Rewired for Change. Recognizing that the residents of our disenfranchised communities have limited, if any access to a national platform, but are still keeping up the “good fight” on the ground level everyday with little support, Baltimore City residents were empowered to develop and lead various community service projects. In the process, participants acquired the civic engagement and community-building skills needed to create long-term sustainable change in their own neighborhoods. The idea for The Baltimore Wake Up was originally cultivated by Donnie Andrews, Founder of Why Murder? and Sonja Sohn, Founder/CEO of ReWired For Change.