Whose Streets

Whose Streets, a documentary directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, portrays the uproar after the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the protests that occurred in the community after his death. On Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Chapel Hill Branch will be hosting a screening of the film at no cost and open to the public at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street.

Some Carrboro students have already seen the film. Last March, eight Carrboro High students, along with two advisors, traveled to Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Documentary Festival. This event is an annual celebration for the town to acknowledge art through dance, music, media and more. During the trip, the students viewed a series of films from a variety of angles ranging from fireworks in Mexico, to dash-cam footage from car crashes in Russia to injustices in communities of color.   

Whose Streets stood out to many of the students. The documentary focuses in on two women and others in the community. Their dedication to fighting for justice in a town that has a long history of bias in the black community from law enforcement.

Elijah Jones, junior, was one of the students who travelled with the group to Missouri. He reflected on the film and being able to speak with the filmmakers after viewing it.  

“It was impactful, the opportunity of getting to speak with Damon Davis, was also very enlightening,” said Jones.

After the film there will be a panel discussion with Chris Blue, Chapel Hill Chief of Police; Angaza Laughinghouse, staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; and Maya Little, the Silent Sam Sit-In Organizer. This is great opportunity for the town of Carrboro/Chapel Hill to learn about other communities while advocating for their own.

Flyer credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP