Timely documentary couldn't be more important
I won't often start a movie review by calling out the user ratings on the Internet Movie Database, but there's something significant about the ratings of the Ferguson documentary “Whose Streets?” with regards to its topic.
As of this writing, “Whose Streets?” has a Metacritic rating of 81 (out of 100) and an IMDb user rating of 3.1 on a 10-point scale. It doesn't take a genius to figure out which is a closer reflection of the film's effectiveness. That 3.1 (out of only about 400 ratings, in fairness) is pulled down by 281 rankings that scored the movie a 1 without comment.
Racist internet trolls are hardly a new phenomenon, but they've also been ignored as harmless for too long. We didn't need the events of Charlottesville to learn that lesson.
And since “Whose Streets?” is a deeper dive into the activism that was born out of the shooting death of black teenager Mike Brown, it's no surprise that people who haven't seen the movie want to bury it.
With two screenings at the Wexner Center on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, you should not miss a chance to show the trolls their strategy won't work.
Through footage of both the initial chaos as protests turned into scenes resembling war zones to, more importantly, a running documentation of the firm and persistent disruptive activism that has continued for months, “Whose Streets?” is remarkable.
The film joins recent superb docs like “13th” and “I Am Not Your Negro” to form an important crash course in our country's racism problem, both past and present.