One of the unique aspects of this film is that it brings a human face to those who are ordinarily marginalized, outcast, considered undesirable or dangerous: gang members, prisoners and prostitutes are given an opportunity to tell their story. In listening to their accounts, it immediately becomes apparent that their involvement in criminal activities is closely linked to the absence of opportunity. Lack of access to education, employment, key infrastructure and denial even of the basic right to be a registered citizen all point to social injustices which leave those affected with few options for survival.

Here we explore these issues in greater depth through a series of interviews with members of the ‘Zinder Brain Trust’. Each one of the themes treated in this section of the Guide has an accompanying audiovisual capsule which intercuts an interview with relevant extracts from the film. Each audiovisual capsule is 10minutes long and can be screened as a stand-alone learning tool to animate a debate on that theme. The idea is that within a one hour class or group session, one or two themes can be treated, even if the whole film has not been seen by everyone. These are the first seven and we will add to these progressively, as new material becomes available.