Set primarily in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, this feature debut examines how a single incident of violence has consequences for an entire community.
One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega (Anthony Ramos) witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood resident and films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green tells the story of how the footage affects the lives of three upstanding men — a young father striving to support his new family (Ramos), an African American cop dealing with the fallout of his colleague’s mistake (John David Washington), and a star high school athlete who becomes politicized by the incident (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). Each man is very different, but they equally feel the urgency of the question they must all face: Is it best to take moral action or remain on the sidelines?
(USA / 2018 / Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green)
R / 1 hr 38 mins.