Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
When driving in King's car there is a clock visible on the dash when King looks back to Starr. The time varies each time the clock is seen, with minutes passing when 1 sentence is spoken, and then the last sentence happens 10 minutes before the last but one sentence. See more »
I can't believe anyone could give this film a low rating for the right reasons. It deals with very intense issues yet it is gentle and nuanced where it is possible to be so and describes a teenager divided between two worlds, two communities, and most importantly, two separate identities. These divides leave her feeling helpless and uncertain.
The growth of the main character through difficult events (and the growth or stagnation of those around her) allow her to transcend this confusion and find her voice.
This movie also portrays the power of community to broker change when all members stop being afraid and pull together for the common good.
All these are very worthy themes for ourselves and our children to consider. Myself, it took me back to when I was pregnant with my third child in Los Angeles and I did a wonderful dance class. Trouble was, about every second week the class was late starting because he was randomly pulled over and interrogated under racial profiling policies. We were all disgusted and annoyed that our teacher who was gentle and creative was treated in this fashion yet we did nothing...... Shame on us......
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