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Sabaah Folayan: “Whose Streets?” | Talks at Google

Sabaah Folayan is an American filmmaker and activist. Her debut documentary feature, Whose Streets?, on the 2014 Ferguson protests, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Daughter of a single mother, Folayan grew up in South Central Los Angeles, as well as spending five years living in a rural area in Hawaii. In Los Angeles, she attended the private, all-girls Marlborough School for middle school and high school and has described the contrast between that environment and the poverty and systemic racism she witnessed her own neighborhood experiencing as akin to growing up “between two worlds.”

WHOSE STREETS?
Directed by: Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis

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, Missouri. 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 are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

Watch the teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/-AS1-QmQ93Y
Film Site: http://www.whosestreetsfilm.com/

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