Based on a wrenching bestseller and inspired by Black Lives Matter, the film focuses on a teenager living two lives: one as a black ghetto kid, and the other as a student among wealthy whites at a ritzy private school. These worlds collide when she witnesses a white cop shoot and kill her best friend, an unarmed black teenager in the ‘hood.’ The cops blame the victim, launch a desultory investigation, etc., etc. Called upon to testify, she is torn between her neighbors, who have taken to the streets, and her white friends, who couldn’t care less. Played the Toronto Film Festival.
George Tillman Jr.
Audrey Wells (screenplay by), Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by)
K.J. Apa, Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
State Street Pictures