The recent surge of the Black Lives Matters movement comes at a time where information is at our fingertips. We live in the age of instant gratification, we are no longer patient. Arguably, there are disadvantages to our current climate but there are also many positive attributes to living in this digital age. For example, having endless hours of content to watch.
Due to its large following and social intrigue, there have been numerous television series, documentaries, films, interviews and more, about the Black Lives Matter movement. Here I have compiled a list of the most thought-provoking content created. I believe that these will give you greater insight into the community of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement:
Actor and activist Jesse Williams executive produced and starred in the 40-minute long documentary, which premiered on The BET channel on the 26th of May 2016. The film aims to showcase a better understanding of the treatment of black people in America, by focusing on the movement trying to change that. The documentary also contains interviews with two of the three co-founders of the movement: Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors.
Lilly Workneh, Black Voices Senior Editor for the Huffington Post interviewed Williams and reviewed the documentary. Click the link if you would like to read more. If you would prefer to watch it and make your judgements later, here it is. Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.
3 And 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets:
Directed by Marc Silver, this documentary tells the story of the death, trial, aftermath and media attention surrounding the death of Jordan Davis. On Black Friday 2012, Davis (and two friends) pulled up to a gas station in Florida, he exchanged heated words over loud music with Michael Dunn. The exchanged ended with one of them dead.
The Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ gave it 100%. And the documentary was widely praised. The documentary was also nominated for a total of 6 awards and won 4, including the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary is available on Netflix, and here is the trailer:
Ferguson: Life Matters:
Global news network RT (Russia Today) travelled down to Ferguson, Missouri soon after the fatal shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown. They delve deep into the protest against the police department and really capture the strain the city is under. This film opens the dialogue, regarding race relations in the US whilst also looking at the impact the protests had on the surrounding community.
If you want some more information about the protest in Ferguson, read my blog post: Michael Brown and The Power of The Hashtag
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
This Emmy-winning television show is hosted by British Comedian John Oliver on the network giant HBO. It airs on a Sunday night at 11pm and collates the weekly news stories to dissect. Oliver inserts just the right amount of political satire, alongside fact and extensive insight, to present news stories with a humorous running commentary and big-budget stunts and promos. On Sunday the 2nd of October began his show with a segment on police accountability. The recapping of incidence by the police is brutal and reminds us how serious the situation is. Below is the clip, taken from the shows YouTube page.
Another clip that you so check out is ‘Ferguson, MO and Policemilitarization: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver‘. Here, Oliver talks about the death of Michael Brown and examines the militerisation of the police force in America.