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Our America (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 12 March 2003
The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.


(as Ernest Dickerson)


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Credited cast:
Dave Isay
Brandon Hammond ...
Lloyd "Boo" Newman
Serena Lee ...
Janelle Jones
Roderick Pannell ...
LeAlan Jones
Gary Covino
Sandra Williams (as Vanessa A. Williams)
Graham Ellis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophie Newman
James (as Chris Collins)
Paxton Wade
Jordan Duncan ...
Eric Morris
Derrick Morris
Maxine Guess ...
Mrs. Shaw
Darren John ...
Man telling jokes to homeless people


Our America is the true story of two bright and ambitious Chicago teenagers who, living in one of the worst inner-city neighborhoods in the country, get a chance to become reporters for NPR. Their reporting becomes more compelling when they gather the courage to tell the truth about witnessing two of their peers throw a four-year-old out of a 14th story window. Written by <jackb@imdb.com>

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 March 2003 (Norway)  »

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Nuestra propia historia  »

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1.37 : 1
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LeAlan Jones: I live in the ghetto. I'm supposed to be a loser. I'm supposed to be snatching a purse and shooting your head off. I'm a person that doesn't vote. I'm the motherfucker that's supposed to fill your jails. I'm not supposed to be intelligent; I'm not supposed to know what I know, but I do. I've got an uncle and a cousin that are career criminals, no father, a mother who was pronounced mentally ill, and a grandmother that raised him and twenty kids, but I'll still make it. I know you don't want to ...
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A great film
7 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Our America" follows the lives of two African-American teenagers who become reporters for the NPR. They first start out by recording their daily lives growing up in a rough Chicago neighborhood. As time goes on, they start to move on to bigger subjects such as exposing the troubled lives of people in their neighborhood. They soon gain national attention when they cover a story involving two boys (ages 10 and 11) who cold-bloodily murder a four year-old boy by throwing him out of a 14th story window.

This is a truly touching story that really shows us the brutality of African-Americans living in rough neighborhoods. The acting is great too. Ernest R. Dickerson who directs this film, was also the cinematographer for several of Spike Lee's films and he really makes this movie look good. Constantly alternating between black and white and color, the film really captures the essence of the characters.

"Our America" gets a 10. Don't miss it.

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