New Documentary Follows Young Men's Efforts to Escape Past, Become Firefighters

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The documentary, "In the Red," follows three young Oakland men as they try to leave behind a history of poverty and juvenile crime for careers as firefighters. We'll meet the local filmmaker who followed the men for nearly two years, a founder of the intense 18-week program training the fire cadets and a young man who graduated from the program and is now trying to find a firefighting job.

Trailer: In The Red from clautopia on Vimeo.


Mimi Chakarova, director and producer, "In the Red." Won the 2011 Daniel Pearl award for international investigative reporting for "The Price of Sex."

Dexter Harris, one of the young men featured in the film, and graduated from the fire academy in 2014.

Sean Gascie, director of the Fire Academy at the Oakland Fire Department that trains inner city youth to become firefighters