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Filmmakers to debut Richmond crime documentary

on August 22, 2013

In their short documentary titled “A Confused War,” filmmakers Rachel Waldholz and Mariel Waloff examine Richmond’s unorthodox and surprisingly successful efforts to end a long history of violence. After working on the 26-minute film for more than a year, the two recent graduates of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism will debut their master’s thesis project tonight at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts (7 p.m., 339 11th Street, free.)

“A Confused War” takes a close look at Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), an agency that reaches out to young men in rival neighborhoods where feuds have led to hundreds of homicides in the last decade.

Through the eyes of Richmond police officers, ONS leaders, fellows and ambassadors, the film gets to the heart of what has been tearing apart one of California’s most dangerous cities. It’s a raw, brave and powerful portrayal of a community working together toward a hopeful future.

The screening will include question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers and people in leading roles in the documentary. To learn more about the film, visit  


  1. M. Wheeler on September 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    William wheeler, Richmonds first murder, was my big brother. Same parents; if u would like to talk, we can

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