The indie label picked up the film after its Sundance premiere. “Whose Streets?” follows activists who have taken to the streets to draw attention to the issue of police violence. Brown’s killing in 2014 sparked a fierce backlash and exposed fault lines in the relationship between African-American communities and the criminal justice system. A grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot Brown after he robbed a convenience store, triggering more public outrage and disruptions.
Magnolia plans a summer theatrical release of the film to coincide with the anniversary of Brown’s death. It will also screen the film at spring festivals.
“Whose Streets?” is the feature film debut of writer-director Sabaah Folayan and co-director Damon Davis.