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Documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ a loud, angry plea for justice

Like to Michigan in 1967, where Kathryn Bigelow’s current “Detroit” portrays race riots during the civil rights decade. [...] “Whose Streets?” does not shy away from our wide racial divide and is a loud plea for an America that embraces all its citizens, even if it seems we are further from that goal than ever before. With scene after scene of rioting and protests, there is almost constant shouting as Ferguson expresses its anger before mobilizing for change as the Ferguson Police Department and its tactics come under national scrutiny. Strangely, Folayan and Davis are almost detail free about the shooting death of Brown and the clearing of the shooter, his killer, then-police Officer Darren Wilson. In its few quiet moments, the filmmakers do a nice job of portraying the thoughtful activists that are prime movers of the community’s resistance, even if we don’t know much beyond their first names. “A building is more important than a black person because a building serves white people,” says one activist, trying to explain the rationale behind certain types of property damage. Ultimately, “Whose Streets?” is timely not only because of its social message, but also because it fully embraces the cell phone footage and tweets that have been crucial tools in the Black Lives Matter and other movements.

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