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George Gittoes is an Australian painter, photographer and filmmaker – his artwork is included in PEM’s permanent collection. For nearly 40 years, he has documented areas of conflict around the world, immersing himself in countries such as Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and creating unique art with members of the community. WHITE LIGHT focuses on Englewood, South Side Chicago, an area known for gun violence. Interviewing friends and family, Gittoes documents the victims and their neighborhood. In doing so, he explores why these civilian deaths are happening and highlights the ways the community is working to bring peace and end the cycle of revenge and retaliation.
Salem Film Fest previously screened Gittoes’ THE MISCREANTS OF TALIWOOD (SFF 2011) and SNOW MONKEY (SFF 2017), which was awarded the festival’s Special Jury Award.