Examine the Ferguson Uprising in Full Trailer for Doc 'Whose Streets?'

August 4, 2017
Source: YouTube

Whose Streets? Doc Trailer

"Stand up for what you believe in." Magnolia Pictures ("from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro") has revealed the full theatrical trailer for the documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to many positive reviews - and the hype seems justified. Crafted from footage taken by actual citizens in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ferguson, the film takes an "unflinching look" at the uprising, the protests, and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this doc, it seems so powerful and so important for the times. The footage and the way it's presented makes this seem like it will have a great impact; more than an engaging documentary, a vital profile of a key moment in US history.

Here's the full-length trailer (+ poster) for Folayan & Davis' documentary Whose Streets?, from YouTube:

Whose Streets? Poster

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Whose Streets? is co-directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Magnolia will release Whose Streets? in theaters starting August 11th this month. Who wants to see this?

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To me this seems like it strictly takes one side with no attempt to see from the other sides point of view. Don't take kids to protests.

Xerxexx on Aug 4, 2017


Uhhhhh... I have feeling if you actually watch the doc, you'll find it presents both sides and/or explains exactly why these people had to protest and get out and do something. I think that's the point of the doc... to explain it and show the full context.

Alex Billington on Aug 6, 2017


I'm gonna watch it and give it the benefit of the Doubt.

Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2017


In my part of Europe, most people believe that racism is a natural thing in US. Hopefully not and I tend to believe that this conviction is wrong. This is another engaged film about that and I must say, there's a lot of documentaries about racism over there. Makes one wonder why is that so ...

shiboleth on Aug 4, 2017


Trust me its wholly exaggerated. I've never seen the type of racism that these documentaries seem to claim.

Xerxexx on Aug 4, 2017


Might be so. But reported killings are real. Now, that says something. And so many documentaries, films and books are sheer exaggerating? Up to some point, yes, I believe you are right, but something is going on ...

shiboleth on Aug 5, 2017


Cops killing civilians is a troubling trend these days but most killings are the result of civilians engaging in a crime. However too many officers are claiming "Fear for my life" and that too me is a cowardly cop.

Xerxexx on Aug 5, 2017


I can't agree with that entirely. Whether that be question of race, ethnicity or social status (or whatever else) it never happens just as some excess. It's a structural, general problem of the whole society. I don't have to be an American to know that. Yes, there is cowardice, but it has grown in an environment where it's possible to kill while being a cop (as for the crime, you have courts, right?). That's more than a personal problem, that's an atmosphere in society which looks like it's happening in some Third World country. Which, of course, US is not. But there's a problem, the whole world sees it...

shiboleth on Aug 6, 2017


We need a new breed of police officers. Training needs to be revamped and restructured...but civilians that engage in crimes and decide to fight fire with fire don't necessarily help this volatile situation, both sides need to be willing to work together, sadly any positive interactions between cops and civilians goes un-reported because American media outlets are enjoying fanning the flames. In regards to this documentary seems to ignore that some of the these "activists" burned down and looted local businesses, odd that it leaves that stuff out.

Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2017


Yeah, you have problems, that's all what I say ... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Aug 6, 2017


No country is innocent but America has become the major hub of criticism because it's fun to bash the U.S.

Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2017


It's not fun at all. But, it was Spiderman's grandfather, right? Ben was his name. He said: with great power comes a great responsibility ...

shiboleth on Aug 6, 2017



Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2017


Yes, if you surround yourself with leftist SJW's who yell foul at every 1st world problem they encounter, then you'd probably get the impression that racism is rampant, that only rednecks live in the fly over states, and that the only 'woke' individuals are the rich famous liberals like Lena Dunham. The real truth is those nothing of the sort. As to your statement as to why there are so many documentaries about racism over here. The answer is the same to the following question - Why the hell do so many women take BS classes like gender theory and lesbian dance theory and then complain about not enough women taking STEM classes. I'm willing to bet that those who protest the loudest are probably rich or privileged ass holes who go to some ivy league school and haven't set foot in a 3rd world country in their entire lives.

backwardsprogress on Aug 5, 2017


I tend to support leftists or even Marxists to some point. Comparing to them, neither liberals or conservatives are not much better than them. But yes, I agree with you, I don't support any hysterical version of them. And no, I don't believe you are an rampant racist country, but there's a problem that society is not really solving. I definitely believe that it's not an easy problem, but it is coming back to you and I think as society, you don't take it seriously enough. Just like my society is not taking seriously enough the problem between nationalities in Eastern Europe. I would also agree about what you say about feminist theory and women there. They are just blind, although I would like one of them to say something about it here. As for the protesters being under the influence of some people from ivy league school, that's just ridiculous and exaggerated ... You have a problem, no matter dimension it has in your society, but it looks like a real problem and many of you ignore it...

shiboleth on Aug 6, 2017


Yes, it's a 1st world problem. That is the problem we have. The only people who are focused on race are leftists. They magnify every aspect of everyday life through a racial lens. Meanwhile, middle class and poor members of society racially get along with each just fine. The problem I see today is the entrance of again ivy league white leftists and mainstream media that report false ideas that ultimately manipulate average people into thinking there is a race war going on which leads to the dregs of either race to want to fight one another. And in that cross fire, the majority of non-racist people are hurt. Like the saying goes, lies spread half-away around the world before truth has a chance to put his pants on.

backwardsprogress on Aug 10, 2017


You obviously know the situation in your country better than I do. I certainly won't argue with that. And yes, racism could be symptom of something more serious or even sinister in the society. Or a smokescreen to hide something different. I could even think that a lot of leftists are not exactly what they say they are. And to be honest, when somebody says leftist, I don't really understand what they mean today. But what really puzzles me, how can ivy league and leftist politics be connected? Hard to imagine that. Or not, since here, in Europe. a lot of leftists have accepted liberal politics in economy, culture and in many socially important issues. In my view, there's nothing leftist in it and they can't be leftist. But mostly, I see what you're willing to say and I tend to agree. And yeah, I can only imagine what media is doing with that racial issue over there. And not only with that issue. But to be honest, something similar is happening here with many other things. As said, a lot of nationalistic tensions in Eastern Europe, or something similar with non Muslim people in Western people. I would agree, a lot of money and interests stand behind it. As usual. And I am afraid that there are many people who know the truth, it's just that they don't care about it...

shiboleth on Aug 12, 2017


Mostly Europe is more racist than USA as far as I've seen in statistics. There is a major "us vs them" mentality in America between political/racial/regional divisions. It's all promoted and engineered by the elite upper class. Everybody in America is enthusiastically hating each other 24/7, and all the while the rich pick their pockets, take all their health care, benefits, education, and all their freedoms.

bumboclot on Aug 10, 2017


You know I can mostly agree with everything you say, but after the first sentence. But, really, statistics? Which could, when we talk about society, be called 'a technology of measuring dicks'. I hope you won't go in that direction. Yes, historically, racism is coming from Europe, but after the WWII is mostly American thing. At least , on Western hemisphere. But I am not really totally against the statistics, only when we agree it says nothing conclusive about any society, and is only good as symptom of something in it. Numbers don't define people Besides, there are many statistics on many sides. American ones, European ones, independent ones, etc. Mostly a tool for some end and for some idea. What I want to say if there's any racism lately in Europe, it's connected with a lot of refuges these days who are coming in European countries. And, of course, in the light of many terrorist attacks, people are sensitive about anything related to Arab or Muslim culture. And after that, it is also two way street, something similar to that what you said about this doc here. Inflow of refuges and some incidents will last for some time and that is a part of process where races come together, culturally, politically, economically and in any other way. Of course, there's nothing ideal or perfectly done about it, but I would say that problem of race is still much more visible, outside of statistics, in US. Nothing particular about it again since Europe also has its own bigotry called nationalism. Especially in Eastern Europe where I come from and which I can't but despise. And just to add, I totally agree with that what you said about rich classes of people. Also visible in Europe, and it is also a central problem, but maybe in lesser extent than in US. We still remember and keep some good sides of socialism. What I want to say, we can talk about it, but there's no point in measuring social and political issues. That's just wrong...

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2017


I wonder if this 'unflinching' documentary will have the courage to look at what an unpleasant thug Michael Brown was or the disturbing stats that highlight how wildly out of proportion blacks are in the violent crime stats. I guess it won't. Far better to bang on about white privilege, victim status and how brave and noble these rioters are when stealing some Nikes.

Payne by name on Aug 7, 2017


This trash is just going to be picking and choosing all the most convenient footage and events to make their side look best. If you saw a movie glorifying everything the police did during this time period, it would be just as lame.

bumboclot on Aug 10, 2017

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