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DOC TALKS: “Whose Streets?” – October 9, 1PM

Doc​ ​Studies​ ​presents a screening of “Whose Streets?“, a 2017  film by​ ​Sabaah​ ​Folayan​ ​and​ ​Damon​ ​Davis – featured on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Join ​us​ ​for​ ​this​ ​Doc​ ​Talk​ ​ hosted by ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Deanna​​ Kamiel​  with a Q&A with filmmaker Sabaah Folayan​– next Monday, October 9, at 1PM at the Kellen Auditorium (Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue). 

About the film:

SABAAH​ ​FOLAYAN ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​‘”Democracy​​ is​​ in ​​the ​​streets.”​​–​​ Jelani​​ Cobb,​​​ The​​ New ​​Yorker

In​ ​September​ ​2014,​ ​one​ ​month​ ​after​ ​the​ ​killing​ ​of​ ​Michael​ ​Brown​ ​by​ ​police​ ​officer​ ​Darren​ ​Wilson, Sabaah​ ​Folayan​,​ ​a​ ​pre-med​ ​student​ ​at​ ​Columbia​ ​University​ ​with​ ​an​ ​intense​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​community trauma,​ ​travelled​ ​to​ ​Ferguson,​ ​Missouri,​ ​intending​ ​to​ ​write​ ​about​ ​the​ ​citizen​ ​uprising​ ​and​ ​street demonstrations​ ​that​ ​followed​ ​the​ ​shooting​ ​of​ ​the​ ​unarmed​ ​black​ ​teenager.​ ​​ ​But​ ​what​ ​began​ ​as​ ​an​ ​idea for​ ​print​ ​journalism​ ​soon​ ​became​ ​an​ ​idea​ ​for​ ​a​ ​feature​ ​documentary​ ​as​ ​Folayan​ ​recognized​ ​the​ ​distinct contrast​ ​between​ ​the​ ​demonstrations​ ​she​ ​was​ ​witnessing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​and​ ​their​ ​representation​ ​in mainstream​ ​news​ ​media.​ ​​ ​“Sensationalist,​ ​inflammatory​ ​language​ ​was​ ​hyping​ ​the​ ​story​ ​to​ ​get​ ​ratings,” Folayan​ ​told​ ​​Filmmaker​ ​Magazine​,​ ​“but​ ​as​ ​a​ ​society​ ​we​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​truth​ ​and​ ​positive dialogue.”​ ​​ ​The​ ​documentary​ ​that​ ​followed,​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with​ ​co-director​ ​Damon​ ​Davis,​ ​a​ ​St.

Louis-based​ ​artist,​ ​and​ ​cinematographer​ ​Lucas​ ​Alvarado,​ ​a​ ​Columbia​ ​classmate​ ​of​ ​Folayan,​ ​premiered last​ ​January​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​Sundance​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​to​ ​outstanding​ ​reviews.​ ​​ ​A​ ​mix​ ​of​ ​original​ ​footage​ ​and citizen​ ​social​ ​media​ ​imagery,​ ​the​ ​film​ ​achieves​ ​its​ ​ambition​ ​to​ ​present​ ​both​ ​an​ ​activist’s​ ​and​ ​artist’s experience​ ​of​ ​bearing​ ​witness.​ ​​ ​Says​ ​​The​ ​Guardian​:​ ​“Its​ ​images​ ​aren’t​ ​leaked​ ​by​ ​law​ ​enforcement​ ​or stage​ ​managed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​media,​ ​but​ ​come​ ​directly​ ​from​ ​the​ ​people​ ​who​ ​lived​ ​through​ ​the​ ​violent​ ​events​ ​of 2014.”

 

 

 

 

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