“Luther’s Choice” is a 1991 docudrama about Luther Payne, a former drug dealer and gang member from Philadelphia who escaped gang life and now works with kids. The drama begins with a younger Payne being stabbed in a bar fight. Later, he looks back on his rough childhood and the events that led to his joining a gang. For Payne, the gang provided a kind of family structure that he lacked among his real family. While a gang member, Payne committed crimes and was shot and stabbed several times. However, Payne decided to change his life for the better after nearly dying from a stab wound.
Payne visited Bennie Swans, then director of the Crisis Intervention Network in Philadelphia. Swans and his family helped Payne find a way out of the gang. Payne in turn started helping others find a way out, and keeping the young men of Philly from finding a way in.