Through archival footage Nicholson tells the story of the real Warriors that walked the streets of New York City in the 1970s and the harsh reality of gang life in a city that seemed to be falling apart.
Rubble Kings transports the viewer into the crime-ridden world of New York in the 70’s. Through the film we see a city under the grip of an economic crisis, the catalyst for the surge of gang activity that would take over neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, the South Bronx being the most affected. The film shows how hopelessness and fear lead people to seek out community, and at times, the kind of community that materializes is not so positive. Through raised social and political consciousness, however, formerly violent youth learn that education and peaceful co-existence can be more empowering for marginalized communities than guns and violence.
The film explores the following themes, which were drawn from the NYC Scope and Sequence for High School Global History & English Language Arts: