Told by activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising and a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
I thought it was ok for someone that already has some knowledge about the case AND is somewhat aware of what it means to be black in America. The movie didn’t get into enough depth about that. I think it missed an opportunity to wake up some folks that might be asleep about the movement and what it means to be black today.
I was lucky enough to catch "Whose Streets?" in the theatre. "Whose Streets?" focuses on Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown. Rather than a formal-type film, this is mostly stitched together phone videos from the Black community in Ferguson, as things happened, and the utter violation of their lives and neighborhood in the aftermath. There were some interviews as well, of folks looking back on what happened, and a few snippets from news channels. It was powerful, and incredibly moving to get to see snippets of activists' lives, and how their work for social justice was often something they were already doing in their community. Other reviews have pointed out the filmmakers chose not to present their research objectively; I'd argue any attempt at objectivity in the face of a teenager's wrongful death is morally questionable. I'll confess, I cried through most of this documentary. Highly recommend.