When unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marked a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger brought residents together to hold vigil and protest. In the days that followed, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turned into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice.
Whose Streets?, an award-winning 2017 documentary film, tells the story of this uprising, from the vantage point of the activists themselves. Next Monday, April 16th at 5:30 PM there will be a screening of Whose Streets? followed by a director talkback with co-director Damon Davis.
Davis, co-director and producer of Whose Streets, is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, MO. Davis has work in multiple major US art museums, including the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Filmmaker Magazine selected him and fellow Whose Streets? director Sabaah Foloyan for their “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016.”
The talkback will be moderated by Dr. Stephen Marshall, Associate Professor of American Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies.