Teaser Trailer for Doc 'Whose Streets?' About the Ferguson Uprising

April 28, 2017
Source: YouTube

Whose Streets? Trailer

"We have nothing to lose but our turf!" Magnolia Pictures ("from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro") has debuted a teaser trailer for a new racism documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January to mostly rave reviews. Using footage from 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. This seems very powerful, and very important for the times. And it also seems like it can be the kind of doc that will still be referenced 50 years from now. I also really love seeing docs that are made with footage from real people, who lived through this historic experience. Looking forward to seeing this myself.

Here's the teaser 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 later this summer. Who's interested?

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Weird that it didn't show any of the burning of the buildings or rocks and moltov cocktails being thrown at police.

Clay Mark on Apr 28, 2017


Weird that a 90 second teaser trailer didn't have more footage in it? Right...

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2017


You're staying remarkably calm about this, Alex.

Mark Brackney on Apr 29, 2017


...But not remotely objective.

txJM on Apr 30, 2017


gee...i guess we know who has bought into the narrative

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


Having lived in STL for 8 years this movie is nothing close to what I experienced there.

Rick Dawson on Apr 28, 2017


You've seen this movie already? This trailer doesn't show much... it's just a tease.

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2017


"Uprising"? You're off your rocker, Alex. That was a riot, pure and simple. Nobody won, and everyone would have lost, had order not been restored (i.e. looters and vandals decided not to come out in the rain).

txJM on Apr 29, 2017


Nobody got shot with their hands up. This is a lie that's been proven forensically but hey, lets not let that stand in the way our virtue signalling.

The Dude on Apr 29, 2017


America is so incredibly broken, in so many ways, social and mental care, with education, with wages and a whole other bundle of fun things. Just no-one seems to recognise or care that without a week educated mentally sharp population it falls apart. People see thing like Ferguson and say 'it's not my problem', it's 'theirs', without wanting to even try to understand how things get to boiling point. Maybe these problems are just too much for the minds of Americans or possibly it's because in all of the chaos, there is still some money to be made.

Carpola on Apr 29, 2017


It's class warfare, and it's funded very generously by the Open Society organization.

txJM on Apr 29, 2017


Yes, that's close to what I feel about US. Broken society in so many respects. Not that other societies, especially in the West are perfect, but they are not insane as much as US seems to be ...

shiboleth on Apr 29, 2017


"Seems to be" is key. On whole it's not as bad as mainstream media makes it out to be.

Xerxexx on Apr 30, 2017


so you're ignorant about what the US is actually like...

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


not really

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


Not really what?

Carpola on May 1, 2017



LeoForPrez on May 1, 2017


What do you mean by not really?

Carpola on May 1, 2017


America is not "incredibly broken". You sound pretty ignorant of the problems numerous countries are facing.

LeoForPrez on May 1, 2017


No it's pretty freaking broken. Your callousness lends credibility to his argument.

ff on May 2, 2017



LeoForPrez on May 3, 2017


I've visited America numerous times, what increased each time I visited was elderly people working jobs usually done by teenagers, mentally ill people on the street, and homelessness in general, that is a sick society. I love America, but blindly saying there are no problems there is pointless, because you will have to deal with the fall out from these problems. Lots of thinking at the moment is very short term.

Carpola on May 3, 2017



LeoForPrez on May 3, 2017



Carpola on May 3, 2017


So you agree with me that you sound comically ignorant...glad we could laugh together at your nonsense

LeoForPrez on May 4, 2017


I'm comically ignorant? How is speaking with American citizens who tell me what is going on in their country and actually going there and seeing things with my own eyes, ignorance?

Carpola on May 8, 2017


Because that doesn't describe America in its entirety Einstein.

LeoForPrez on May 8, 2017


It has the worst healthcare system in the developed world, I think that covers the whole of the US.

Carpola on May 8, 2017


HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHH then why do the wealthy from other countries come here for medical treatment? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA You just exposed yourself as being comically ignorant

LeoForPrez on May 9, 2017


The wealthy come to PAY for expensive treatments. The way that the wealthy can. A wealthy person can go wherever they like, the average American can't.

Carpola on May 10, 2017


That's the US insurance system and not the healthcare system. In terms of doctors and hospitals the US has always been at the forefront. Hence why the wealthy come get the best treatment

LeoForPrez on May 10, 2017


Then it is a bad healthcare system.

Carpola on May 10, 2017


That looks confusing... Sometimes, seeing things like that, I wish not to come and see America. Ever. Although, I know I am overreacting ...

shiboleth on Apr 29, 2017


lol there's nothing funnier than a foreigner who thinks that America can be summed up by 1 story. 50 states...350 million people....amazing how small minded people are.

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


Agree... when the movement lumps the justified killing of a criminal with the murder of an innocent, you lose the respect of your audience. I'd rather spend time talking about the Tamir Rice case and what could be learned from that incident than Michael Brown.

backwardsprogress on Apr 29, 2017


"a kid with a toy gun...that incident reveals the problem in all it's entirety with regards to the police and their fear of the black male. " Not a toy gun, but a BB gun which has no markers to indicate the gun is a toy or not real. First problem. I also don't think it was the fear of the black male that led to that result. Police officers in that region who walk those beats deal with black males all the time. There is no fear. However, what might happen over time is an insensitivity or disinterest or empathy for a people as a whole because of the actions of a few. In the Tamir Rice case, I wish the cops had approached the situation far more slowly. Assessed on their approach. I couldn't believe they would approach an "armed person" that closely with their squad car. A more realistic expectation would been to pull up the car a short distance away and issue commands with guns drawn so as to judge the situation better. I believe in that case, the officers showed extremely bad judgement in the handling of that situation. Which brings up my point of insensitivity. When you work zones, and you build negative bias based on past experience, you tend to show more aggressiveness when you enter those zones. Whether you work in a white trash area or black trash area, after you've been treated like crap, you tend to assign a negative hostility towards everyone in that area. Call is survival or just callousness. There is no easy way to measure people on their best days and their worst.

backwardsprogress on May 2, 2017


Somehow...I get the feeling that if this doc was about Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, Anthony Baez, Alton Sterling, or any other person of color that people can just "wiki"..... people would still take issue with it. Michael Brown is accused of being a the story if his community should just buried, right? Let's just ignore the history of blatant racism that even Fox News admitted on the O Reilly factor and corruption that existed in Ferguson before the 'thug' was killed. Instead of judging the doc because of an individual... I myself will watch the doc for it's perspective. BTW... I read 'Nobody' by Marc Lamont Hill ... and it talks about the historical influence of systematic racism that influences communities very much like Ferguson.

Duane on Apr 29, 2017


I've said it once and I'll say it again. There is no better than way to delegitimatize your argument than presenting false facts. It is even more so when you introduce feelings as your main argument. No one really cares how you feel. Or at least I don't. I'm sure there are a ton of SJW's who spend 95% of their time creating safe spaces, followed by segregating those safe spaces from those of the same mindset who might care about your feelings. However, those of us who like to based on lives on facts and truth, would argue that against your opinion. With that said, the documentary can at best present what happens when false information combined with simple minded or uneducated people come together to form a mob. Doesn't matter if the destruction is to their own homes or their own town, all that matters is the outrage.

backwardsprogress on Apr 30, 2017


I appreciate you not caring how I feel enough to reply on the comment. Thanks. And as far as facts go.... there is plenty of information out there for people to peruse regarding the well documented systematic racism that plagued communities just like Ferguson. You are welcome to not agree with me. Not asking you to. And since this post is in regard to a specific film.... I will base my opinions on what is presented in the doc....and not... one can's specific feelings.

Duane on Apr 30, 2017


There is a systemic racial profiling in the USA (and elsewhere). Denying it is a futile escape backwards.

tarek on May 1, 2017


Ever forward fam. Dialogue is key. Bless up.

Duane on May 2, 2017


Oh STFU with this passive aggressive manipulation

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


Ok bud. Didnt realize expressing an opinion would trigger such a somewhat juvenile response. You are welcome to express yourself however you like...but if you were expecting some sort of "no YOU STFU" response from me...keep waiting. Because you are free to anonymously show your ass as much as you'd like to sir. Is that passive aggressive enough for ya? Be blessed.

Duane on Apr 30, 2017


hahhah...STFU. You need a new response when someone calls you out for your brain dead race baiting. If you thought that was going to work you're even dumber than I thought.

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


Aw. You went thru my profile to look for my other responses on other films. Thats so sweet. Actually put a smile on my face. Its hysterical whenever a person of color responds to anything having to do with identity politics....its race baiting. Im just here for the movies my dude. But you go on with your bad self. And be blessed!

Duane on Apr 30, 2017


It's race baiting when it's race baiting. It isn't rocket science. But some people need an intellectual crutch and I guess that's yours. Not every person of color plays it BTW. But lucky for you I don't assume they all do...just idiots like you.

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017


What sensationalist race baiting nonsense. Michael Brown was a nasty piece of work and got what he deserved. Then a bunch of opportunists decided to riot for a little fun with no idea what they were protesting at. Was it the black chief of police, the black mayor or even the black president? One kinda loses faith in a movement when at it's very core it decides to champion a brutal lawless thug as some kind of innocent martyr.

Payne by name on May 1, 2017


You want the world? Fine. Heavy lies the crown.

DAVIDPD on May 2, 2017


Angry people do angry things. Finding the reasons for the anger are what we need to do.

DAVIDPD on May 2, 2017

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