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Chris Weitz says he recruited ex-gangbangers to, well, to play gangbangers in his new indie film, A Better Life.
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I share this story written by a former colleague of mine, Jose Antonio Vargas. We worked together on this interactive at The Washington Post/washingtonpost.com and Jose was always so enthusiastic and exuberant. He has extensively covered the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Washington, D.C., and his articles inspired a documentary, The Other City.