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The Life of Rayful Edmond - Rise and Fall Vol. 1

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A movie directed by Maurce Elmalem

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Director: Maurce Elmalem
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Rather Sorry Story of a Sorry Subject

  • Mar 15, 2009
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Rayful Edmond III probably is the most notorious drug dealer in Washington, D.C. history. In the early 90's when he was arrested for running a criminal enterprise the trial riveted the area, or at least me. From news accounts he started drug dealing at an early age - in fact his entire family has a history of organized criminal activity dating back to the fifties. I read a newspaper account that claimed he was bagging cocaine for his father at the tender age of 3.

This docudrama uses news clips, interviews with Edmond associates and undercover cops, televised interviews with Edmund himself, and reenactments to tell Edmond's life story. For the most part it is okay but the choice of music is sometimes questionable and the arrest scene staged for this film was a bit silly and overblown.

This docudrama appears to be told from the point of view of Rayful Edmond. It tries to make Edmond out really not to be that bad of a guy. His associates describe him as a peaceful, fun loving guy throwing money around to all his friends and neighbors. For example, he settled a violent gang war because it was hurting both his business and the rival gang's. And all those witnesses schedule to appear at this trial that got murdered? That was somebody else not Edmond! Give me a break! This guy had connections to the Columbian drug lords and was crafty enough to broker drug deals from jail. I find it incredulous to claim he didn't have anything to do with witnesses getting knocked off or that he wasn't part of all the violence that gripped DC because of drugs in the late `80s and early `90s (and still does today).

So I have to give this so called documentary a thumbs down. It seems too slanted toward making the best case possible that Rayful Edmond was just a guy with a different line work. If it had told this story and the other side of the story then I'd sing its praises, because who knows? Maybe there is more to Edmond than news accounts make him out to be. But this documentary certainly doesn't make a very convincing case for it.

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