Ferguson Documentary Premieres in St. Louis Aug. 9

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Cinema St. Louis presents the St. Louis premiere of “Whose Streets?,” the critically praised documentary on the Ferguson uprising and the Black Lives Matter movement. Directed by Sabaah Folayan and co-directed by St. Louis artist Damon Davis, “Whose Streets?” — a Magnolia Pictures release — debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in select U.S. cities on Aug. 11.

The film’s local premiere is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 — the third anniversary of Michael Brown’s death — at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Co-director Davis and several of the documentary’s subjects will participate in a post-film Q-and-A. For those who are unable to attend the premiere — attendance is limited to 250 — the film is currently slated to open its commercial run at the Tivoli on Aug. 11.

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. 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. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military-grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they’ve lived the story. “Whose Streets?” is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting not for their civil rights but for the right to live. For more information on “Whose Streets?,” visit whosestreetsfilm.com.

Tickets for the Aug. 9 premiere screening are $10 each (no discounts). Advance tickets are on sale at the Tivoli Theatre box office (4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday).

The screening is sponsored by an anonymous donor in honor of the McCluer High School Class of ’63.

For more information, visit cinemastlouis.orgM

Via Press Release