Former teen drug kingpin Jose Alejandro Vivar is leaving the past behind, as depicted in a new documentary for the CBC Docs strand ‘POV.’
Directed by Gary Lang, Prison Pump tells the story of Vivar (pictured), who was arrested as a teenager in Toronto and served eight and a half years in prison before earning parole. Although acquitted of the murder of a rival gang leader, Vivar was caught in a sting operation in 2007 and imprisoned on charges relating to possession of drugs and firearms.
The documentary also follows Vivar’s newfound freedom to share the 25/7 fitness program he devised in prison with the clients of his gym in Scarborough, Ontario. He promotes healthy living, including for ex-convicts struggling to re-enter society and uses the playful use of criminal wordplay to inspire his classes — stationary running becomes running from the police, for example.
Vivar had to relocate outside of the city of Toronto after being targeted in a shooting while leading an early-morning exercise class in a downtown park.
Ed Barreveld produces and Shasha Nakhai associate produces for Storyline Entertainment.
Prison Pump will have its broadcast premiere on CBC this Friday (Sept. 28) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will be made available to stream at noon ET on the same day.