Reviewed byBeetJuiceVote: 10/10/10
Really shows the perspective of some local activists living in Fergusonof what the Mike Brown protests were all about. There is not hugedetail into the Mike Brown shooting. It's more about raw footage ofstreet protests, police reactions, some town halls, and so on. Itreally shows how the protesters were not armed and were faced with amuch more weaponized police response. The police clearly are not a partof the community and one wonders why the officers appear so alien fromthe people they are policing. The police are portrayed as a failedinstitution. There are some brief news clips interspersed in. Most ofit is just amateur video on the streets. There is a glimpse into thepersonal life of some of the activists.
At one point, one of the activists said that you can burn down aconvenience store yet it can be rebuilt, however all the magicians inthe world can't bring back a dead person. Therefore, the real questionof violence should be: was anyone hurt? This encapsulates the overalltheme of the documentary which is that people come before everything.Clearly the Mike Brown killing became a rallying point but he was alsoa symbol for much deeper grievances, which is the community didn't feelthe police force treated them as people. You won't hear much from theother side in this documentary but it doesn't pretend to be that.
Reviewed bybobina_smVote: 10/10/10
I came here to read about and review this documentary after viewing. Iwas so moved by it that I am leaving my first review of anything.
Then I read the last two reviews, both posted on November 16, 2017.Neither are reviews of the documentary but attacks on Mike Brown. Iwon't get into how I grew up within 10 miles in of Ferguson or abouthow I've lived in St. Louis for 50. How I know that, even though I'm awhite woman, racism is alive and well in St. Louis. This documentarywas a very accurate portrayal of what the reality is for black people(and other POC) in St. Louis. I've witnessed it over and over again.
The documentary was very well done. It was straight forward and real.Everybody should watch it.
Reviewed bygreglindonVote: 1/10/10
This film is nothing more than propaganda. Liberal agenda pushedthroughout. To say the people or the town had to "fight back" as ifthey were under attack is just silly. The same nonsense that was provedfalse in the courts in this case ... The officer was the one who wasforced to fight back. The officer was the innocent person under attack.
This was never a case of black vs white. This was a case of criminalact being committed and a peace officer engaging in lawful discharge oftheir duty. Because we lived in a time with such a divisivePresidential administration, the narrative needlessly turned raciallike so many other officer vs black citizen contacts in our country.
Early on, the narrative was portraying the officer as guilty, and theprimary motivator for the shooting was race. The film is full of theproverbial, 'race card' being played from a stacked deck being dealt bythe, "victims".
Film is pure fiction, void of facts, an honest review
Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.