New Documentary Explores Street Life In Long Beach

LONG BEACH ( — A new documentary — “The Game Don’t Change” — looks at street life in the 6th district of Long Beach, California.

The film follows four men who all made critical decisions at a juncture in their lives — stay in school, try a career in sports or choose a life of gang bangin’. As the film calls it, “the decision to bang or ball.”

Duke Givens, a local filmmaker, decided to create the documentary to chronicle his own experiences growing up in the 6th district.

He’s hoping the message of the movie will help other young people stay on a more positive path.

Twenty years ago, Givens was a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He said he saw many of his football teammates turn to gangs.

The film will premiere at Long Beach Poly Friday evening (at 6 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon (at 4 p.m.) To purchase the $10 tickets, go to

For more information about the documentary, go to “The Game Don’t Change” Facebook’s page.







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