The Mighty Mongrel Mob is a notorious street gang in New Zealand. News reports about the gang usually have to do with their various crimes — murder, robbery, sex trafficking, extortion — and the fact that their members make up almost a tenth of the country’s prison population.

The short film Skin, however, revolves around the personal life of one of the Mob’s founding members, Martyka “Skin Dog” Brandt. Brandt’s a man who should have been destined to die young, but in the film he explains how having children turned him into a much softer version of himself — though still not the type of person who would leave the Mighty Mongrel Mob.

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