License to Operate is a deeply personal look into the lives of some former Los Angeles rival gang members who have come together on a mission to break the cycle of gang violence that they were once a part of creating. They've earned a 'license to operate' based on their histories as leaders in their respective gangs. That status empowers them to negotiate on behalf of their communities, resolving conflicts and limiting retaliation murders. As a result, gang interventionists are being embraced by law enforcement and recognized as a crucial component to the reduction on gang related violence over the past 20 years. At its core, this is a film about redemption, transformation, and the hope that you can rebuild what you once destroyed. The film premiered at Seattle Film Festival.
Seattle Film Festival, Highland Park Film Festival