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TIME: The Kalief Browder Story 

After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.
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Kalief Browder ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
Venida Browder Venida Browder ...  Herself - Kalief's Mother / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Jay Z ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
Paul Prestia ...  Himself - Lawyer / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Adriana DeMeo ...  City Attorney 6 episodes, 2017
Van Jones ...  Activist / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Josh Rhett Noble ...  Public Defender 6 episodes, 2017
Jeff Robinson Jeff Robinson ...  Himself - ACLU 6 episodes, 2017
Donnell E. Smith ...  Kalief Browder 6 episodes, 2017
Akeem Browder Akeem Browder ...  Himself - Kalief's Brother / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Nicole Browder Nicole Browder ...  Herself - Kalief's Sister / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Deion Browder Deion Browder ...  Himself - Kalief's Brother / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Kamal Browder Kamal Browder ...  Himself - Kalief's Brother / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Raheem Browder Raheem Browder ...  Himself - Kalief's Brother / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Michelle Alexander ...  Herself - Author 4 episodes, 2017
Donna Lieberman Donna Lieberman ...  Herself - New York Civil Liberties Union 4 episodes, 2017
Robin Steinberg Robin Steinberg ...  Herself - The Bronx Defenders 4 episodes, 2017
Liana Bedgood Liana Bedgood ...  Herself - Friend 3 episodes, 2017
Darryl Bryant Darryl Bryant ...  Himself - Former CO, Rikers 3 episodes, 2017
Mary Buser Mary Buser ...  Herself - Former Assistant Medical Health Chief 3 episodes, 2017
Samuel Gregory Samuel Gregory ...  Himself - Defense Attorney 3 episodes, 2017
Eric Holder ...  Himself - Former US Attorney General 3 episodes, 2017
Shaun King Shaun King ...  Himself - Writer 3 episodes, 2017
Ismael Nazario Ismael Nazario ...  Himself - Prison Reform Advocate 3 episodes, 2017
Brendan O'Meara Brendan O'Meara ...  Himself - Public Defender 3 episodes, 2017
Tyrone Pennington Tyrone Pennington ...  Himself - Friend 3 episodes, 2017
Michael Schwirtz Michael Schwirtz ...  Himself - Journalist 3 episodes, 2017
Alex Vitale Alex Vitale ...  Himself - Criminal Justice Expert 3 episodes, 2017
Michael Winerip Michael Winerip ...  Himself - Journalist 3 episodes, 2017
Mark Bodrick Mark Bodrick ...  Himself - Counselor 2 episodes, 2017
Stuart Grassian Stuart Grassian ...  Himself - Clinical Psychiatrist 2 episodes, 2017
Frida Marte Frida Marte ...  Herself - Counselor 2 episodes, 2017
John Meehan John Meehan ...  Himself - Civil Rights Attorney 2 episodes, 2017
James Meyerson James Meyerson ...  Himself - Civil Rights Attorney 2 episodes, 2017
Kenneth Montgomery Kenneth Montgomery ...  Himself - Defense Attorney 2 episodes, 2017
Dashaun Jiwe Morris Dashaun Jiwe Morris ...  Himself - Blood Author 2 episodes, 2017
Rosie O'Donnell ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Payamps Elizabeth Payamps ...  Herself - Advisor 2 episodes, 2017
David Saverino David Saverino ...  Himself - Friend 2 episodes, 2017
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After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.

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Deeply unsettling
19 May 2018 | by BertautSee all my reviews

Created by Julia Willoughby Nason, Jenner Furst, and Nick Sandow, directed by Furst, and with Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein serving as executive producers, this six-part documentary tells the almost unbearably tragic story of Kalief Browder; a 16 year old who was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. With his family unable to afford the $900 bail, Browder spent 1,111 days in Rikers, despite never being convicted of a crime. Turning down nine plea deals, Browder refused to admit to something he didn't do just so he could go home. With his case brought to court and delayed multiple times, Browder spent over 800 days in solitary confinement, where his mental health rapidly deteriorated. Indeed, the episodes dealing with his time in Rikers, and the experience and effects of long-term solitary confinement, are almost too horrific to bear.

Were this fiction, the litany of abuses he suffers, and the details of how the system failed him, would be rejected as ridiculous, with his nightmare continuing even upon his release; in two separate incidents, he was shot and stabbed, and was later sectioned, as he became increasingly paranoid and unstable. Telling the parallel story of the anguish of his doting mother, if I had one criticism, it would be that the narrative is stretched too thin. Much like The Keepers (2017), there isn't enough material here to warrant this many episodes, and it does lapse into repetition at times. Nevertheless, this is harrowing stuff; highly recommended.


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