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Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:52

'Whose Streets?' Review: Portrait of Ferguson May Be the Doc of the Year

Written by  David Fear

You might think for a nanosecond that, after seeing footage of the protests and push-back in Ferguson, Missouri, played in TV-news loops during the back half of 2014, those images might have lost the ability to shock or stun you.

And then you bear witness to the scenes of cacophony and chaos in Whose Streets?, the extraordinary documentary by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis – the tear gas and the tanks and bodies being slammed down on the ground – and your rage starts to play catch-up to the rage emanating from behind the camera. A boots-on-the-ground portrait of the aftermath of Michael Brown Jr.'s murder and the sparks of a movement that sprang from it, this impressionistic collection of testimonies, frontline dispatches and citizen journalism could not feel more essential. Whether it's the "best" documentary of 2017 is a matter of opinion. But it is assuredly the most vital.

Having become frustrated with the media's coverage of what was actually happening in the St. Louis suburb after the unarmed 18-year-old was shot by cops under questionable circumstances, Folayan and Davis (along with photographer-turned-cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar) began to document how locals were reacting to the semi-police state in their own backyard. You-are-there social media verité is incorporated to add extra layers.

Read more at RollingStone

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