The Ferguson Protests and Michael Brown Live On in Trailer for 'Whose Streets?'

by Chelsey Sanchez

Three years ago, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, where his body was subsequently left on the street for hours. Today, the film Whose Streets? documents the protests and anguish that erupted in the aftermath.

Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, Whose Streets? recounts a powerful American narrative, one led by activists and protesters who demand that the nation recognize its failure to value black lives. Police brutality (especially the disproportionate use of force against Black people at the hands of U.S. police) has always been a part of the streamline of discussion, but Michael Brown’s death ignited the kind of fury that revealed how discussion means nothing without action.

“Whose streets?,” a protester shouts in the documentary’s official trailer, which was released last week. “Our streets,” the crowd chants back, the two words resounding defiantly and determinedly.

The film may someday be a history lesson (or maybe more of a cautious tale) to tell for future generations. But today Whose Streets? is still a reminder that this unfortunate American narrative is far from over.

The film will be in theaters starting August 11. Check out its website for more information.


Written by Chelsey Sanchez

Photo by Neil Cooler