‘Wire’ Alum Sonja Sohn Directing HBO Documentary on Freddie Gray Aftermath

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Sonja Sohn as Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs on “The Wire.”

Sonja Sohn, known to many as Detective Kima Greggs on “The Wire,” has consistently reappeared in the city long since the show ended. This year, she’ll put her deep knowledge of the city’s problems to use as the director of the HBO documentary, “For the Love of Baltimore.”

The network announced this past Saturday that the film is part of its lineup set to air during the first half of 2017. The documentary “explores a city divided in the wake of the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray and his subsequent death in police custody,”  said in a press release.

Like “The Wire,” Sohn’s work will aim to capture the city from all sides, according to this synopsis from the release:

Told through the journeys of local activists, police officers, community residents and gang affiliates, it shows a city grappling with its history of police brutality, as well as crime and decades of economic disenfranchisement, as six law enforcement officers are brought to trial, but none are convicted. This revealing behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make change, when change is hard, shows a distraught and damaged community on an ever-elusive search for both justice and the common humanity of people who have previously seen each other only as adversaries.

Sohn, who is from Newport News, Va., has acted in a number of shows since “The Wire,” including “Cold Case” on CBS, “Body of Proof” on CBS and “The Originals” on The CW, according to IMDB. When not on screen or behind the scenes, Sohn has utilized her celebrity to drive social change and awareness. She previously founded ReWired for Change, an East Baltimore-based nonprofit that “empowers at risk youth, families and communities living in underserved areas,” according to its website. Last year, she hosted a JHU speaker series around the city about the horrendous history of redlining in Baltimore, and spoke at a panel with authors D. Watkins and Tariq Toure and local former NFL-er Aaron Maybin on the anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.

HBO hasn’t yet provided a release date for “For the Love of Baltimore,” but we’ll be on the lookout. If her commitment to the documentary parallels her activity in the city since Gray’s death, the film is sure to be an immersive, powerful exploration of the lasting problems and changes made since the uprising in 2015.

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