DETROIT belongs to that pantheon of films – narrative as well as documentary – successfully addressing, or earnestly trying to address, the enormity of America’s racist and bigoted nature. This reviewer believes the challenges and risks are greater for commercial films than documentaries.
News stories with big headlines are still frequent in Milwaukee, and national stories are not unusual even now about April 30, 2014, when Dontre Hamilton, 31, black and unarmed, died in a hail of 14 bullets fired by a Milwaukee police officer, white.
This past semester, I was introduced to THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. It was a great learning experience to see what can happen when the ethics and moral compasses of the New York City criminal justice system and the mainstream corporate New York City journalism community are thrown out the window.