Screening this Saturday, September 10th at the Harlem International Film Festival, the 33-minute documentary film No Greater Pain, is written by Chris Fletcher and directed by Desiree Holm and Matthew Marenick.
Here’s the story, found on the film’s website:
On a cold night in December 2001, a murder took the life of Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s 18-year-old son Khaaliq, who was gunned down over a parking space in Philadelphia. Chillingly, Khaaliq’s killer was on the run for a crime he committed earlier that year and just two blocks away, the murder of Ruth Donnelly’s son Justin. What is the pain of losing a child? Enter the lives of five mothers who have lost their loved ones to senseless violence. Their story, set in Philadelphia, tells of loss, grief, and sisterhood that transcend all boundaries. How can this violence be stopped? Witness these mothers rise from the ashes of their deepest pain in order to achieve a safer community in No Greater Pain.
Dorothy Johnson-Speight turned her suffering into action when her son was killed senselessly over a parking space. Today she works through Mothers in Charge to stop violence in Philadelphia and across the country.
Visit the Harlem International Film Festival website for screening information.
Here’s the trailer.