Samson Styles’ documentary Killing Beef ‘Gun Violence In The Black Community’ debuted the official trailer ahead of the release on February 16, 2021.
After recovering from a near fatal shooting, former drug dealer and award-winning journalist Samson Styles searches to find meaning in his life and reconciliation with his shooter, in this meaningful journey that takes the form of a life-lesson told to a young boy.
Styles was raised in the notorious Pink Houses and Brownsville housing projects in Brooklyn, NY and before becoming an award-winning video journalist, Styles existed as a street thug. He committed armed robberies, sold drugs and trafficked guns. Samson spent 7-years in prison and has been shot multiple times. He was first arrested when he was just 11 years old.
The film Killing Beef will detail Samson’s life in the streets and his transformative life experience through the perspective of a young boy. In the film, after a young boy loses his older brother to gun violence, he seeks out Samson to ask him about his own brush with death and why violence has claimed the life of his brother. The ensuing real conversation develops into a compelling and gripping real life story that ends with Samson seeking reconciliation with the man who almost shot him to death.
“Killing Beef” is a street term and is a double entendre. The beef is a conflict often between young men and/or their crews. “Killing” beef can mean a pattern of deadly violence – or it can mean a peaceful resolution of a conflict. Black-on-black crime rooted in conflict continues to take the lives of too many young black men across the country. Too many, this cycle of violence is senseless.
The film ends with a powerful and surprising meeting between Samson and the man that almost took his life. The two men bond, and team up to travel to juvenile facilities sharing their story of conflict resolution and reconciliation to help solve the troubling mindset that leads so many down a path of violence, prison and death.