La Vida Loca Documentary


LaVida Loca Documentary

LaVida Loca Documentary

Thefilm industry has been quite fundamental to the growth and wellbeingof the contemporary human economies. More often than not, films areperceived in the sense of fictional motion pictures that areprimarily aimed at entertaining the audience. However, documentaryfilms are a bit different as they entail nonfictional motion picturesthat are intended at documenting a particular element of realitymainly with the aim of instructing and maintaining a record ofhistory. This is the case for “La Vida Loca” a documentary thatis a reflection of a hopeless and depressing reality. It follows somemembers of a gang called “la Dieciocho” or 18thStreet gang situated in the poor neighborhoods of San Salvador.

Thereare various factors that cause the formation of gangs in el Salvador.Key among them is the poverty and deficiency of educational, as wellas employment opportunities. It is noteworthy that a large number ofindividuals that join these gangs are actually at extremely youngages of 15 to 24 years. While these individuals are at the mostproductive ages, they do not have access to educational opportunitiesas a result of poverty, in which case they never develop skillsnecessary for obtaining skilled employment. Even worsening theproblem is the fact that the individuals are not provided withsufficient community and familial support, in which case they turn tothe gangs not only for social support but also for protection andlivelihood.

Thereare varied stark similarities between the gangs portrayed in “LaVida Loca” and “Crips and Bloods”. Perhaps the most distinctiveis the fact the individuals that joined these two gangs were alreadyprimarily stereotyped by the media as already being violent. Indeed,Crips and Bloods were composed of African Americans who are oftenportrayed in the media as considerably less evolved and violent. Inessence, they are usually shut out of predominantly white organizedorganizations and activities, leaving a large number of young,productive African American young men with no place to turn. Thedeficiency of a sense of acceptance and identity inspired theindividuals to start forming their own groups in which they wouldfeel much more welcome and appreciated. This is also the case in LaVida Loca, wherethe young men are unable to be incorporated in the more organizedsociety, in which case they form their own groups where they will geta sense of belonging.

Ofcourse, it is likely that the possibility of death and the violenceplays a fundamental role in the life of a gang member of El Salvador.More often than not, individuals in these groups are initiatedthrough violence as a way of informing them about what they shouldexpect and dispense from and to members of other gangs. Usually,gangs fight over territories and economic interests, in which casegang members feel that they would not be sufficiently protected fromthe violence that would be meted on them by other gangs unless theysubscribe to and be supportive of El Salvador. Similarly, theyacknowledge that in instances where any member conducts himself orherself contrary to the rules and regulations of the gang, they wouldpunished by death or more violence. Essentially, these threats keepthem in line and allow them to follow and stick with the gangs evenwhen they are not supportive of their activities.