New York City-based director Aurélien Heilbronn follows a close-knit community of illegal street bike racers in the Dominican Republic. With the help of composer Max Zippel, the documentary short goes beyond the partying and violence of gang life to offer an everyday look at these adrenaline-seeking kids. As Heilbronn shared with us:
“It is this paradoxical safe universe, created by them and for them that I wished to capture. Due to this complexity, I wanted this documentary to be hybrid. I did not want to fall into the folklore of clichés; my goal was to create something cinematic with a dark and sometimes disturbing tonality.”
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