watch the trailer for a powerful new documentary about ferguson

The film uses social media and camera phone footage to tells the story of the protest movement sparked by the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in August 2014.

by Charlotte Gush
May 3 2017, 3:40pm

A new trailer has been released for Whose Streets?, a documentary film about the demonstrations that erupted in Ferguson following the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9, 2014.

The documentary utilizes phone footage and video posted to social media to tell the story from the perspective of the people who took part in the mass uprising, which became an international news story as militarized police squads were deployed. The protests were a continuation of the Black Lives Matter movement that started in 2012, sparked by the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

In the trailer, people can be heard chanting "Whose streets? Our streets" and the powerful words of Assata Shakur: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."

Directed by Sabaah Folayan, the film is an official selection for the Sundance 2017 documentary competition. The film opens on August 11.  Watch the trailer below.

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Text Charlotte Gush
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