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Whose Streets?

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Producers Jennifer MacArthur, Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Flannery Miller, Chris Renteria

Synopsis

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you Whose Streets — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When Michael Brown is killed and left lying in the street for hours it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil in protest of this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the national guard descends on the small suburb of Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.

About The Team

Sabaah Folayan (Director, Producer) is a storyteller and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. She was a lead organizer for The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history. Folayan traveled to Ferguson in 2014 to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories from the community inspired her to embark on her directorial debut Whose Streets?.

Damon Davis (Co-Director, Producer) hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist with work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. His piece, All Hands on Deck, helped shape public perception of the Ferguson Uprising as part of a broader human rights movement. Davis teamed up with director Sabaah Folayan to make Whose Streets?, their first collaboration and a directorial debut.

Jennifer MacArthur (Producer) is a creative producer and media strategist. She founded the social impact strategy firm Borderline Media in 2008. Projects include HBO’s Southern Rites (2015) and Gideon’s Army (2013), and POV’s Out in the Night (2015) and Traces of the Trade (2008). MacArthur is a 2016 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow and 2015 Rockwood JustFilms Fellow. Recently, she joined the Industry Advisory Board for the Camden International Film Festival/Points North Institute.