Project Phoenix

Roger, a former member of the dreaded Numbers Gang, is marked with the tattoos from his days in the gangs. He reforms his life with the help of a tattoo artist.

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South African gang members can be identified by the unique tattoos or “chappies” that mark their bodies. Their members walk a dark path and many end up behind bars. After serving time in jail, some try to reform but they struggle to find jobs and properly reintegrate into society due to these gang-associated tattoos.

"Project Phoenix" is a documentary that follows the journey of a former member of the Numbers Gang. It shows how creativity helped transform him from a hardened criminal into a valued member of society.