Whose Streets?

Whose Streets?


October 23, 2017, 7:15 PM


Main Street Landing Film House
60 Lake Street, 3rd floor


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Whose Streets?
Directed by Sabaah Folayan
USA | 2017 | Documentary | 103 min
Film Source: Magnolia
Awards and major festivals: Sundance
Sponsor: ACLUVT, co-sponsor PJCVT
*Followed by a Q&A with ACLUVT Executive Director James Lyall*

Whose Streets? is an account of the Ferguson, Mo., uprising as told by the people who lived it, expressing the myriad issues that led to the outrage over Mike Brown’s death and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. The film provides riveting, uncomfortable and at times terrifying viewing, while the use of cell phone footage mixed with other formats lends an immediacy befitting the urgency of the issues. The depth of the relationships Sabaah Folayan and co-director Damon Davis were able to establish with the people they met is immediately apparent: from scenes of nursing student and activist Brittany Ferrell (who became key to the protest moving forward) interacting with her daughter, to Copwatch videographer David Whitt trying to explain to his toddler son why he has to leave their home to go out and protest. This powerful documentary provides a much-needed and rarely seen ground-level look at the story — one that privileges the point-of-view of predominantly working-class and poor African-Americans in a suburb of St. Louis. If you’re seeking a “on the one hand/on the other hand” type of account, then this film is not for you.  ~OY

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