5 Movies and Shows That Provide a Context for Police Violence Protests | Arts & Culture

As protests against police brutality against black communities continue in Athens and across the country, there are growing calls for people to be more educated on these issues. Red & Black has compiled a list of movies and TV shows that contextualize the history and emotions behind these demonstrations.


“The Hate You Give” (2018)

Based on Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel, The Hate You Give stars Amandla Steinberg as 16-year-old Starr Carter. Throughout the film, Carter shuttles back and forth between her predominantly black community, Garden Heights, and her wealthy, predominantly white private school, Williamson Preparatory School.

After the party, Carter was taken home by her friend Khalil, but stopped by police. Khalil got out of the car as the police ordered and reached out to grab a hairbrush from the driver’s window. The officer believed the brush was a weapon and shot Khalil to death. After the story made national news and a jury failed to indict the officer, the protests gathered in Garden Heights, where Carter played a public role.

“The Hate U Give” is available on Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Google Play.

“Strong Island” (2017)

In this documentary, director Jans Ford explores the 1992 murder of his brother William Ford Jr. William Ford was a 24-year-old teacher when he was killed. His murderer was Mark Reilly, a 19-year-old white man who worked in an auto shop in Long Island, New York. William Ford went to the garage after an argument with Riley.

The jury did not indict Riley for homicide. The main focus of the film is Youngsford’s family and how they deal with the tragedy of losing their family.

“Strong Island” is available on Netflix.

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“Rest of Power: Trayvon Martin’s Story” (2018)

This six-part documentary revisits the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Martin was shot by police officer George Zimmerman.

The series begins with Martin’s family searching for answers after police refuse to arrest Zimmerman under Florida’s “hold your ground” statute, which gives a person the right to use lethal force if they have reason to believe that force is important in preventing “enormous force”. bodily harm” is necessary to them or others or “to prevent an imminent compulsory felony”.

The series ends with Zimmerman’s acquittal and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. The first episode is available for free on the Paramount Network, and other episodes can be accessed by logging in or with a 24-hour free trial.

“When They See Us” (2019)

“When They Saw Us” is a scripted Netflix miniseries revolving around Central Park Five and the events of the April 19, 1989 Jogger case. The series begins with five teens of color forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. It follows each boy’s experience individually rather than as a group.

The series ended with the men’s innocence after new evidence was discovered in 2002.

“Black” (2014-present)

ABC’s “Black-ish” is about a middle-class African-American family, the Johnsons. While the sitcom remains true to its genre, with typical minor misunderstandings and other tropes, race has become ingrained into the show’s fabric.

In her 2017 article for The Guardian, journalist Homa Khaleeli said: “The Johnsons are not a family that ‘happens to be black,’ but a black family.” The show tackles social issues, including police violence, almost every week. .

“Black-ish” is available on ABC’s website, Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube TV.


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