This film is directed by George Tillman Jr and it stars Amandla Stenberg, KJ Apa, Sabrina Carpenter, Algee Smith, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby.
This film is about a teenager, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is the only witness to a shooting where her childhood friend is killed by a police officer. She is living a double life. During the week she attends an all white school (in a nice neighborhood) and during the night and weekend she is back home in a neighborhood with a high crime rate. As the sole witness to the murder of her best friend she must find her own voice and stand up for what is right.
I loved this film!! This film is moving, powerful, and heart wrenching. It brilliantly portrays police violence, racism, and white privilege. Amandla Stenberg gives her best performance yet and she is an actress to keep an eye on. The supporting cast did a descent job too. This movie made me cry multiple times and even thought me a few things here and there. It’s unfortunate that racism is currently happening today and that police keep getting away with fatally shooting unarmed people. As a mother of 4 girls I think that best thing I (as a single person) can do is to raise my daughters as best as i can and not allow stereotypical ideas to blind them to judge people without actually knowing them. As a Chicana I can’t personally relate to the type of discrimination black people have suffered (and continue to suffer) in this country. Watching this film has made me realize that everyone should have the ability to find their own voice and should be able to speak up when one sees an injustice and to always do what’s right. Don’t ever stay quiet or turn away when seeing something wrong as those abusing count on silence to continue their abuse. Please watch this film as is culturally relatable with what we are currently living in this country (USA).
I give this film a 9 out of 10