Show Me Democracy

84 min. Video Project. 2017. $89. ISBN unavail.
Gr 9 Up—This documentary takes viewers to Ferguson, MO, as it documents the advocacy internship created by the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Director Dan Parris literally heard protestors outside his front door, grabbed his camera, and started filming. Likewise, the film is a call to action. It serves as encouragement to those who want change and to make a difference. Two students are profiled. Brittany leaves her job as a nurse to become part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Karina, who is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, supports immigration reform. Compelling scenes, such as students blocking airport access, tear gas attacks, and confronting legislators, will encourage viewers to question the system. Parris captures the essence of a grassroots advocacy movement, and his film is fast moving and dramatic. The issues covered are timeless: undocumented students, police brutality, poverty, and housing injustice.
VERDICT A moving, emotional snapshot of policy and protest in Ferguson, MO. Very timely and useful for inviting dialogue and inciting action. It would be appropriate for U.S. history, government, and political science classes.

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