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Going from real to reel
King George filmmaker Silvia Holmes helped produce the documentary 'The Pact,' a story of three black men who rose above obstacles to become doctors.

Date published: 11/21/2005

By CATHY DYSON

Silvia Holmes watches the documentary as if she's seeing it for the first time.

Never mind the fact that the Spotsylvania County woman spent eight months in New Jersey helping produce the feature film.

She followed around three young men who kept their promise to make it out of the 'hood, past the drugs and crime that surrounded them, and to become doctors.

She's familiar with everything that went on behind the scenes of the 90-minute movie, as well as the footage that ended up on the cutting-room floor.

Even so, the story gets to her every time.

When Holmes watched the video recently, she laughed when the characters tease one another. She gets a little teary-eyed when she's reminded how hard their lives are.

"It's just important to tell this story," said the film producer and writer who grew up in King George County. "There are desperate folks in desperate times doing desperate things, and then you see this, and you realize there's hope.

"There's hope."

There's also hope the documentary will touch a lot of lives. Holmes believes communities across the country will want to hear more about the "The Pact" made by three African-American males.

Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis and George Jenkins were friends from Newark, N.J. Drugs and crime were part of their backgrounds, just as they were for others in the city regularly called one of the worst places to raise kids by children's groups and political candidates.

The three young men grew up with crack-addicted parents or fathers in jail. Most of their classmates dropped out before they finished school. Less than 10 percent of the city's residents held college degrees, according to the documentary.

The three sensed they'd face the same doom if they didn't do something about it.

They promised one another they'd find a way to get through high school, then college, then medical school. Together.

The men signed up for a program for minorities at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and earned degrees. All three came back to their home city to practice: as a dentist, internist and emergency-room doctor.


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