Brick City

Friday, February 11, 2011

Filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, creators of the docu-series “Brick City,” about Newark, New Jersey, talk about the series. They’re joined by inactive gang member Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris, who in Season 2 is struggling with an attempted murder charge that will force him to choose between a plea deal that would send him to prison for six years or a trial that could result in a much longer sentence, and his defense attorney, Brooke Barnett. "Brick City" airs Sundays at 8 pm on the Sundance Channel.


Brooke Barnett, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin and Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris

Comments [10]


Just became familiar with "Brick City", am familiar with Jiwe Morris and the career he could have had. When speaking to maternal friend "mother, aunt" he made a good point 6.5 years plea would be repentance for all the bad things that he has done and he knows what those were. He is taking a huge risk and the 81 years he can get are "real". Courts and attorneys and judges are nothing what you see on t.v. I will be watching this and hope to God that for whatever happens that lessons are learned. You can only help someone if you truly come from that experience that they are having problems with. The older gentleman who spent 10 years in isolation was RIGHT!

Mar. 20 2011 02:07 PM
Kashiem from Newark, NJ

Shame on the producers of Brick City! They as well as the local Newark politicians tend to generally ignore all of the law-abiding, hard working and beautiful, Black, Brown, Latin and White residents of Newark; you can find these people sprinkled throughout the South, West and Central Wards and highly visible in the East Ward (Ironbound) and North Ward (Historic Forest Hill). Oh well....

Feb. 11 2011 12:52 PM
SteveM from NYC

Whenever I hear segments like this, I actually consider voting Republican. Gang members belong in jail and are NOT victims.

Feb. 11 2011 12:46 PM

Sorry no one in newark is deprived of opportunity. They choose not to take it for a glorified life of thug life. Their are plenty of immigrants who live in newark going to college, starting businesses and most importantly FOLLOWING THE LAWS!

Feb. 11 2011 12:45 PM
A listener

Sharpe James didn't make "mistakes," he ran a criminal enterprise.

The reason poor people remain poor is that they keep electing politicians who profit off their misery.

Feb. 11 2011 12:42 PM
john from office

Where are the parents of these "troubled youths" Oh, thats right, there are no fathers, no family structure.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for a drug dealing gang member??

Len, ask softer questions, your being too hard on this model citizen.

Feb. 11 2011 12:38 PM
Sean Singer from Harlem, NYC

Some people have criticized the film for portraying Cory Booker, who I happen to support, as a messiah-like figure who can solve Newark's many, many problems; yet there have been many people trying to enrich the culture and life of Newark for many years. Is there an intention in future episodes to show more of those smaller figures?

A corollary to this question: what responsibility do all of us have to affect change in Newark?

I would like to mention, too, that the American Studies program at Rutgers - Newark has several Ph.D. dissertations (including my own) that have a public scholarship component intended to advocate for attention, celebration, and confrontation re: Newark.

Feb. 11 2011 12:37 PM

plea deals = admission of guilt. only a guilty person cuts their loses and accepts a deal. an innocent person fights for what is true and right.

Feb. 11 2011 12:34 PM

my family, myself included left Newark in the early 70's. it's been a hell hole ever since. it's a real shame. Those left to run the city in the past 40 years have failed miserably in bringing civil order and viability to a once amazing city. Gang members should be rounded up and exiled to 3rd world countries so they can see what real poverty, struggle and strife is, so maybe when they return they would try to do something more than just live like wild animals.

Feb. 11 2011 12:30 PM
Outsider from Northern, NJ

I have a question to the filmmakers. Do you ever worry that in your series you further the stereotyping of Newark?

Feb. 11 2011 11:59 AM

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