'Stopping the Pain' in Richmond

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of people packed the Byrd Theater in Carytown Tuesday night for the world premiere of the anti violence documentary, Stop The Pain 804. Produced right here in the streets of Richmond, the film is aimed at educating youth about the consequences of violence.

"The purpose of the project is to mainly change the way that kids and people in this community view violence and its effects," said Major John Venuti of the Richmond Police Department.

The film depicts real people living life after a history of crime and the people still grieving because of it. For some it was a huge eye opener.

'It was relatively graphic," said film goer, Rodney Gore. "It showed some real people dealing with some real pain and suffering as a result of loss as it relates to violence."

Kenneth Chavez, was once involved in the lifestyle the film depicts. Since changing his life around he hopes his testimony will encourage others to do the same.

"Some you will touch, some you know, that's just the woes of life," said Chavez. "But I've seen the positive impact that it had on some kids that i've had hands on experience with."

Stop The Pain 804 will be shown to thousands of teens who attend Richmond Public Schools in efforts of bringing hope to Richmond neighborhoods.

For more information about the film, please visit www.stopthepain804.com

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