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37 Ratings

Whose Streets?

United States, 2017


Told by the activists and leaders who lived and breathed the movement for justice, the film is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. inspired the community of Ferguson, Missouri, to fight back and sparked a global movement.

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Whose Streets? Directed by Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
It may prove to be of limited value as a historical document precisely because of its decision to leave the broad-strokes, “this happened and then that happened” storytelling to mainstream sources while it lives in the in-between spaces… But these are minor quibbles with a major work. This is a movie that doesn’t merely tell a gripping, important story, but reminds us that the storyteller and the storytelling matter just as much.
August 11, 2017
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Its directors, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, are novice filmmakers, true; but I also suspect this movie’s form is deliberate, part of its message. This is direct and frequently powerful filmmaking that doesn’t much care about meeting my aesthetic standards.
August 10, 2017
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A gritty record of that time and its aftermath. It represents the spirit of something more powerful than a bullet, the seed of something good springing from a terrible and unjust event. Whose Streets? is rough around the edges, like a torn photograph whose borders have also been raggedly burned. But that’s more a strength than a liability
August 09, 2017
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