Thursday Aug 17 07:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
General Admission: $15.00
About the Film:
Part of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2017
Directed by Sabaah Folayan. 2017. USA. 103 min.
A searing, emotionally charged account of the Ferguson uprising following "in your face" civil rights activists, young queer leaders and married couple Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton as they demand justice for Michael Brown Jr. 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. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these queer community organizers become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; winner of Best Documentary at the 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Screening followed by Q&A with activist Brittany Ferrell.
Brittany Ferrell, a native of St. Louis, is an activist and co-founder of Millennial Activists United (MAU)—a grassroots organization formed on the front lines of the Ferguson Uprising in August of 2014—with her partner Alexis Templeton. Focusing primarily on radical and thought-provoking direct action, the black, queer, and womanist-led group honed in on the importance of civil disobedience in protest, calling hundreds into action to take a stand against racial injustice. Together, Brittany and Alexis organized a multitude of movements across the city, disrupting "business as usual" and urging people to take action against racial injustice. In August of 2015, St. Louis County arrested and jailed both MAU co-founders at a protest on the one-year anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising. Their story, along with a ground-floor view of the Ferguson demonstrations, is documented in HRFF28’s centerpiece film Whose Streets?
- Screens With –
Bayard and Me
Directed by Matt Wolf. 2017. USA. 16 min.
A short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system in an era when gay marriage was inconceivable. He also reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.
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