“Snow on tha Bluff”: a documentary of keeping it real

There’s no clear idea of what goes on in high crime areas of the United States. Finding a film that explores this theme in an emotional and realistic way is hard to come across, although the 2012 film “Snow on tha Bluff” showcases this lifestyle in a way never seen.

A drug dealer named Curtis Snow is followed around by his friend with a camera stolen from college students. While filming themselves buying cocaine, Snow pulls a gun on the camera man and takes the camera away.

The rest of the movie documents Snow and his friends committing crimes in the Atlantic neighborhood nicknamed The Bluff. They’re seen stealing drugs from drug dealers, cutting up cocaine, loading ammo before drive-bys and bowling in the streets.

This pattern continues on in the first half of the film, but takes a turn when Snow is threatened and then shot at by another dealer wanting less competition. Snow ends up in prison after the shooting. The second half starts outside a prison.

We see Snow happy in a car, being greeted by his nephews who explain they missed him. Snow visits his baby son and talks to the camera about trying his best to support him financially. Visits with his son are the highpoint of the film and give you an understanding for Snow’s ways.

One visit ends with his son’s mother explaining that there must be a better way for Snow to do things.

He asks her how and she quickly responds, “The right way.” Without ruining the film, a tragedy forces Snow to rethink how his life has changed by a rival dealer’s attempt to stop Snow from selling. Damon Russell directs the film based on the real life of Curtis Snow, who is the star of the film.