Presented by Maysles Cinema, Sweet Spot, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
Summer of Music:
MOVED TO RAIN LOCATION: MAYSLES CINEMA
Doors Open at 6:45pm
Freedom Music and the Art of Protest with DJ Shinobi Shaw
Introduced by director Sabaah Folayan
Directed by Sabaah Folayan, Co-Directed by Damon Davis, 2017, 90 min
“Our streets!” This electrifying, on-the-ground dispatch from the frontlines of America’s ongoing civil rights struggle captures how the protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown grew into a worldwide movement. Weaving together original footage, smartphone video, and social media records, it’s an unfiltered look at the protests from the points of view of the community members and activists who took to the streets—and faced down a heavily militarized police force—to demand justice. The result is a much-needed counter-perspective to the prevailing media narrative and an essential record of a galvanizing moment in American history.
Summer of Music is in conversation with Rudy Shepherd's Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber (2016) at Jackie Robinson Park, part of The Studio Museum in Harlem's inHarlem initiative.