New Orleans, La (NBC33) — New Orleans filmmaker Hadleigh-West will be showing her acclaimed film on 'thug life' in Brooklyn in New Orleans months before it premieres in New York City.
During the 10 years it took her to make the film, Hadleigh-West faced formidable challenges, including being robbed at gunpoint, confronting her own race-based fears, and gaining the trust and affection of young men, most of whom had never had a white friend. To date, the film has won two awards, and been an official selection of numerous film festivals, including premiering at Sheffield Doc/Fest in England. Hadleigh-West is currently collaborating with national partner organizations to host screenings of the film around the country, and intends to parlay its message of anti-violence and the effects of extreme repetitive trauma into social action.
'Player Hating' follows hip-hop artist Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn, NY crew, the Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to escape poverty and violence through music in the Albany Housing Projects. In raw, uncensored form, Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs,” and reveals the core of human poverty. “Player Hating brings audiences into a world they might otherwise ignore, or be too frightened to enter,” says Hadleigh-West. “People watch this film and they see and feel the incredible humanity that is at risk daily of being lost to violence.” Hadleigh-West traces Player Hating’s origins back to the senseless murder of a work colleague in Harlem, which instantaneously opened her eyes to the enormous disparity of “life” in America - particularly for those in impoverished neighborhoods.
The film will be showing on Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m., and Monday, January 16 at 12:00 p.m.
The additional schedule through February 26 (for six additional weekends) can be viewed at the following link: www.yomaggie.com/playerhating.html 
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Tickets: $10, at door