One Mile Away

Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Penny Woolcock
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91 min

So if you're watching this

documentary right now

the truth of the situation is

it's been pirated

you're not meant to be watching,

but it's so important that everybody

gets to watch this thing

we're giving it out

Ssh! Don't tell anybody.


To everybody that's about to watch,

make sure you pass it on

make sure the man next to you

watches, make sure he watches

make sure everybody watches

make sure the message gets out

- Free the knowledge

- you understand: the message

- Free the knowledge

- it's like my brother says,

be free-minded, think for yourself,

don't get caught up in rubbish


When I first started this movement,

I told Adie about it

he was skeptical but he says to me

"if you can set the one order, set it"

so I'm still pushin',

and, like, now you ain't here bruv,

it makes it even more real.

We ain't promised tomorrow...

so, let's make the most of today.

Rest in peace Adie Williams

- Rest in peace - Adam Williams

- Rest in peace - Adam Williams

- Brother from another mother,

it's my family, that is - One.

Everyone's walking around casual,

like, like zombies, but...

There's some f***ed-up sh*t

going on, man.

You look around at everyone

and everyone's just normal, like.

Go home, read the papers,

watch the news,

kick back, have a cup of tea

and get back up

to do the same sh*t again.

No one ain't got a passion

for this thing, like me.

On the streets of Birmingham...

Tonight, another shooting,

another victim.

Probably going on

about 15 years now,

this beef in Birmingham's

been going on,

between Burgers and Johnsons.

Three fatal shootings

in as many weeks.

Birmingham now has the highest

concentration of gun crime

in the country,

with three serious gun crime

incidents here every single day.

The Burgers,

they're the Handsworth guys, innit?

And Johnnies are Aston.

These are the two notorious gangs

in Birmingham.

This man had an argument

with that man.

Next thing, a punch turns to a stab,

a stab turns to a gun

and somebody's shot.

If I see you, I think,

"Ain't that my man from that area?"

It's on sight?

What do you mean "on sight"?

- You see anyone, just f*** 'em up.

- In what way?

F*** 'em up, man. Kill 'em.

Beat 'em up. Stab 'em up. Shoot 'em.

That's what it's come to,

a postcode thing.

You're from this area,

you're involved. It's simple.

What's the war about?

I don't even know, you know.

Hear them guns blow in the ghetto

For that big or that small dough

Beef burns slow like the bloods

at the hydro for my dough...

Show us. What happened?

Yeah, I got stabbed there.

Once there on my arm.

It's gang stuff, really.

How many of your friends

have been stabbed or shot?

Loads of my friends

have been stabbed.

Loads of my friends

have been shot, like.

Gotta be very aware

of your surroundings.

What do you mean?

Just, like, a lot of people...

This is like a kind of main road

in Handsworth, as well.

A lot of people

sometimes drive past here

and see if they can see someone

from this area

to try and pick them off.

And it's always constantly

just looking over your back.

I watch every car that goes past,

so I know who's in there.

A man no take backchat

Man will back a weapon

Probably a 4/5 or a MAC-11

And there ain't nothin'

you can tell 'em

Man, I pop your melon and a shot

straight to your cerebellum

And it's real struggle

that I'm reppin'

And I can't see the rats around me

but I can smell 'em...

It's a shame that...

.. I'm so used to people

getting stabbed and getting shot.

It's a shame.

Every day I wake up,

"Such and such got shot. Swear down. "

Cos are we really winnin'?

Are the kids grinnin'?

When shots go off

in a man's christening

They say n*ggers don't listen

All this black on black

Will there be peace

now that Silk's missing?

13's missing?

- Look. See that there?

- A wall.

- And that there?

- Yeah.

Slugs. Right there and right there.

- Unfortunately, I was the target.

- You were the target?

- Yeah, right here.

- Bloody hell.

How fast you can get

into the alley there.

Look at the gate.

It's got a padlock on there now.

I would have been dead.

Aston, home of gun crime, G.

Pop, pop, pop, pop.

Zoom on a motorbike. Jump off.

That's some next sh*t, blood.

I'll be duckin' and divin'

Bustin' at hood n*ggers mainly

I got shot once

That's enough sh*t for me, baby

Shine a gun, rude boy

I'm staying daily...

You see a man walking, catching,

you run upon him, so he don't see.

Now, if you're doing that,

you're living like that,

then you're gonna wanna be aware

of some people doing that to you.

You have to be on point.

Especially, if you're at the height

of sh*t that's going down,

you have to be very on point.

You moan about the people

that are gone and you just think,

"How many more people have to go

because these people have gone?"

And, like, ain't there no way,

like, you know..?

If we could ask these people

what they really want, like,

you're never gonna

come back and live,

but what would you want?

I guarantee you,

half of them will say,

"To stop killing each other.

You don't wanna be here like this. "

This cannot be living.

I don't believe this is

what we were put here to do,

just do what we're doing.

I think there's more to it than this.

So what did you do?

Phoned Penny up, yourself,

cos you'd finished doing the film,

so I know you had connections

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