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With: Brittany Ferrell, Bassem Masri, Tef Poe, Kayla Reed, Tory Russell, Alexis Templeton, David Whitt
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout
Running Time: 90
Date: 08/11/2017

Whose Streets? (2017)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Ferguson Faces

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This documentary tells the story of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by white policeman Darren Wilson. But rather than the story the cops told or the mainstream media printed, this one tells it from the angle of the streets, of the people who were there. While Whose Streets? doesn't pretend to be the final word on the subject, nor does it offer any answers, it loosely captures the righteous rage at the colossal unfairness of it all. It features plenty of iPhone footage of riots and police presence, and interviews locals after the fact. Most importantly, it shows how the incident inspired activism and birthed the Black Lives Matter movement. (The button-cute Brittany Ferrell is a great poster girl; she could have been a model, but these circumstances have forced her to become a fierce warrior.) There's a lot of anger here, but underneath it is a great hurting, and a call to keep fighting through the pain. Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis co-directed.

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