Wisconsin Public Television's "Too Many Candles: Milwaukee Gun Violence" is streaming online now. Watch the new documentary here.
Wisconsin Public Television is airing a new documentary that takes a closer look at homicide in Milwaukee.
The film, Too Many Candles: Milwaukee Gun Violence, by “Here and Now” anchor Frederica Freyberg, premieres Monday, May 9, on Wisconsin Public Television at 7 p.m. and will also air on Milwaukee Public Television on Tuesday, June 14.
In a blog, WPT describes the new documentary:
Those are words of grief shared at a citywide vigil in Milwaukee for victims of gun violence. As the number of murders in the city has spiked in the past year, community members, police officials and city leaders are trying to answer questions that seem unanswerable as the dreams of more and more young people fall silent to a growing epidemic of homicides in the streets.
In this new documentary, award-winning journalist Frederica Freyberg explores the pain inflicted by the scourge of violence, law enforcement response to the rise in violent crime, and new programs providing hope for a city working to empower communities to reverse systemic forces of poverty, incarceration and crime that are tearing families and neighborhoods apart. In the search for answers, Freyberg interviews community members, public officials, church leaders and members of the families who have been directly affected by gun deaths in the city.
Watch a preview for the film here:
The hour-long documentary is also being made available for free online, and is embedded below.
Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton announced that the city is recognizing May as Violence Prevention Month, saying, “We encourage residents to take action to promote peace where they live, work, worship and play.”
According to the release, “Violence Prevention Month events range from an ‘International Stop the Violence Prayer Walk’ on May 21 at King Solomon Baptist Church to a ‘Heal the Hood’ block party at N. 1 st Street and Keefe Avenue on May 28 and 29.”