On August 9, 2014, a white police officer shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s death, compounded by his body remaining in the street for hours, triggered local outrage and then a national movement.
The event and its aftermath are the subjects of a POV documentary, Whose Streets?, streaming free on pov.org and airing on PBS stations Monday, July 30, at 10 pm (but check your local listings).
David Whitt lived across the street from where Brown was killed. When Whitt saw the police response, he picked up a handheld camera and began to film. Whose Streets? incorporates his footage with cellphone recordings from witnesses and the ensuing demonstrations.
The film follows several activists, including Brittany Ferrell, a 25-year-old nursing student who founded the group Millennial Activists United with her partner, Alexis Templeton.
Whitt and his chapter of Copwatch, a network that documents police activity, became guardians of Brown’s memorial, rebuilding it when it was vandalized and later removed.
Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis directed Whose Streets?, which was an official selection at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) will co-present the film with POV.
Whose Streets? is already available to stream from numerous platforms, starting at $3.99.
For more information, visit whosestreets.com.
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