Ghetto Brother


Ghetto Brother tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded the notorious, multiracial gang, the Ghetto Brothers. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he led the historic Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, which brought an end to the violent gang epidemic that had crippled New York City during the riot-ridden era of the early 1970’s.


RELEVANT DATA: Ghetto Brother is a successful graphic novel published in Spain, the US, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Brazil. Ghetto Brother was named Booklist’s Best Non-Fiction Book. The book was acclaimed by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz in The New York Times.

Writer Julian Voloj, born in Germany and of Colombian parents, explores the aspects of identity and heritage through his work in photography and writing. His work can be seen in the New York Post, PresenTense Magazine or Bookynite.

Illustrator Claudia Ahlering studied traditional painting in Germany and France. In 2004 she opened her own magazine, Spring. She lives in Hamburg, where she works as a painter and an illustrator.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

LANGUAGES AVAILABLE: English, Spanish, Portuguese.

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