On making "Dayveon" and more. Arkansas filmmaker Amman Abbasi believes film should tell the truth, to "tap into something honest." That was his goal with "Dayveon," his debut film, which he not only wrote, directed, edited and produced, but for which he also composed the music. Based on oral histories and workshops with at-risk youth in Wrightsville, the 75-minute drama tells the story of a wounded 13-year old boy — the titular Dayveon — whose mettle is tested after being initiated into a local gang. A Pakistani immigrant whose family moved to Little Rock a few years after the 1994 HBO documentary "Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock" was released, Abbasi envisioned making "a more nuanced gang story," the film's press...
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A Q&A with Amman Abbasi