“There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.”
As George Zimmerman says those words in a sampling of his 911 call before he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, actor Michael B. Jordan looks directly at the camera with his hands raised, pressed against a wall. His bold stare refuses to let you look away as the 911 dispatcher asks, “OK, and this guy — is he white, black or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman quickly responds in the voiceover, saying, “He’s a black male.”
This scene is just the beginning of a harrowing new short film titled Against The Wall, which shines a light on ongoing cases of police violence aimed at the black community.
The four-minute PSA, created by directing duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz along with social justice nonprofit Sankofa, is an attempt to further ignite a conversation around police brutality in the U.S.
Against The Wall features stars and notable activists, like Jordan, Michael K. Williams, Van Jones and Sophia Dawson, literally pressed against a wall, mimicking the position many are told to assume before arrest. While they stare unflinchingly into the camera, real recordings of 911 dispatches and national newscasts detailing the deaths of unarmed black men play in the background.
Before the end credits roll, the words “Black Is Not A Weapon” appear on the screen in white lettering. Co-director Gerard Bush said those words — and the film itself — point to the “weaponization” of blackness in America, challenging non-black people to confront their own racial bias and discover empathy for the black community.
“By using the faces of those we recognize — familiar faces — we look to re-sensitize the community to really see the problem.”
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SOURCE: Mashable, Katie Dupere