Unfortunately, the racism, the police brutality and inequality in the american justice system are constant in the country of bars and stars.
Protests that do not accept the killings of black people at the hands of the police give us stunning photos and videos of how these problems permeate the society of the USA.
There are movies and series that help us to understand better and to have a deep approach to these complex problems. They are an invitation that forces us to attend to these situations that many times we prefer not to see in the news.
We present 9 movies that can help you to understand the state of the police in the united States, as well as the racism that prevails in the departments of the police force and to american justice.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Tish, a young pregnant woman, is determined to clear the name of her fiance, Fonny, falsely accused of raping a girl. However, his search for justice will be undermined by difficult obstacles that will constantly remind you of how difficult it is to live in a racist world.
When the police murders with six shots at Michael Brown, a boy, african-american 18-year unarmed residents of St. Louis, Missouri experienced a breaking point that leads them to the streets to ask for justice, even when the military force to try to quiet them down.
Whose Streets? it is a documentary that shows us the pain, the racial tensions and protests and movements that emerged after this unfortunate murder of Michael Brown, on August 9, 2014, which only showed even more racism and police brutality in the USA.
The Central Park Five
In 1989, the not have a suspect or evidence, the police decided to arrest and convict a group of five teenage african-americans for the crime of attacking brutally and raping a runner white in Central Park.
However, the truth about what really happened does not come to light until the boys spend several years in prison for a crime they did not commit.
The Central Park Five it is a documentary that examines the real case of a violation of 1989 and the false accusations that the police did against this group of young people.
This case is so significant that it also has a mini-series directed by Ava DuVernay: When they see us.
Crime + Punishment
In 2010, the government of New York banned the practice of police-based payments, which requires that the police arrest a minimum number of people within a given time. In general, these arrests were made in minority communities of low-income, primarily african americans and latinos.
However, the prohibition of this practice has not made it disappear and it is exactly what that evidence a group of brave police officers of the police of NYC in this documentary.
Bryan Stevenson is a young lawyer who decides to begin his professional career in Alabama. Their aim? To defend the wrongly convicted and not given a proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, an african american man sentenced to death for the murder of a young woman of 18 years.
Despite the fact that most of the tests show the innocence of Walter, and the only testimony against him comes from a criminal that had all the reasons to lie, Bryan will be immersed in a fight against a justice system rotten where the racism is obvious and blatant.
13th takes just this number in the title for the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the united States: “Neither the united States nor in any place subject to their jurisdiction there will be slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, this documentary gives us a deep look on the penitentiary system in the united States and the way in which racial inequality permeates the history of this nation, even when many times you try to deny it.
It also explores some of the motivations of the movement Black Lives Matter.
The Hate U Give
Starr Carter I was 9 years old the first time you had “the talk”, that difficult conversation in which his father explained to him how he should act if a police officer stops or is about.
With this internalized, Carter grows and now in its adolescence changes constantly between two worlds, the neighborhood of african-americans where they live and the private school where the majority are white people.
Unfortunately, the uncomfortable balance that had been achieved between these two worlds is broken when it is witness to the murder of his best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
Collin, that an offender is three days to overcome his probation, he discovers that his friendship with his childhood best friend, Thousands, may be an important factor to not be able to get her long-awaited freedom. The situation becomes even more complicated when Collin is the only witness to the murder of a young african american at the hands of a white police officer.
Collin tries to forget the event, as he feels that in addition to generate more problems you feel you can’t report a murder to the same agency that committed it.
Bernadine Williams is an officer of prisons who is in control of the executions in the death row. Over the years he has dedicated his life to this exhausting labour that affects not only the life of the convict but also of the relatives and other people who are trapped in this situation.
After years of this work, the injustice evident he begins to take a toll Bernadine, a board with a complex situation related to the death sentence of Anthony Woods.
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