Brittany Ferrell of WHOSE STREETS? Documentary Tells What Really Happened In Ferguson, MO. Brittany is one of the activists in WHOSE STREETS? which shows in select theaters August 11, 2017.
Film Courage: Brittany, what was your life like before August 9th, 2014?
Brittany Ferrell: Before August 9th, I will still an undergrad…so school, I worked up to two jobs all throughout undergrad. I worked for a nursing agency back at home and I also worked in retail and I was a waitress. I was still mothering my daughter and traveling. I’ve traveled abroad with someone who I was with at the time and I traveled across the country a lot. [Life] was not as stressful and I also did not have anxiety the way that I have anxiety now. It was a completely different life.
Film Courage: Okay, so then the day of August 9th or was it actually August 10th when you found out?
Brittany Ferrell: I found out August 9th. I was actually out of town. I was in New York with some friends and I was scrolling through Facebook (I first saw it on Facebook). A friend of mine from college updated his status and said “The police just shot and killed a kid and he’s still in the middle of the street.” And I’m like “No. This just doesn’t seem right?”
“When folks gathered together the night it happened, it was the police response that sparked an uprising. These were people from that community and outlying communities coming together to mourn a loss in the most despicable way.”
So then I go to Twitter and it’s more of a big deal. People are taking photos and I kept seeing Lee Farrow being retweeted on my timeline, who is the person who knew Mike Brown and they shot him in front of his apartment. That’s when I was like “Wow. This is really not a joke. This is real!” And they had a body. A picture of a body just kept floating down my timeline. From that moment I was just glued to my phone and completely sucked out of my element. I was not enjoying myself anymore. I was completely glued to my phone for the rest of the trip. All night I just kept scrolling through Twitter (Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
About the film: 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.
WHOSE STREETS in theaters August 11, 2017
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