It is about racism , failure and hopelessness . It is a tale of a black family .
A depressed , alcoholic and wife battering man and their two teenaged children .
It is straight from Brooklyn’s underbelly where the only way to get out is robbery and crime. The film eventually ends in tragedy for the family .
Released in 1991 Straight Out of Brooklyn was critically acclaimed and even won the best feature film award at the 1992 Independent Spirits Awards .
Matty Rich the director wrote the story at 17 and worked with amateur actors to make the film over two years . He was himself one of the actors .The actors worked for free .
The film was financed by credit cards and donations .