MONSTERS & MEN

MONSTERS & MEN

2019 (USA) 96 minutes
Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Cara Buono, Nicole Beharie

This is the story of an event that’s all too familiar in American society: The shooting of an unarmed black man during an altercation with police officers. This act of violence, occurring on a street corner in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, is the starting point and exploration of a community in the wake of yet another controversial police intervention. The narrative is divided between a witness to the incident who captured everything on camera, a conflicted cop who experiences systemic racism while still defending his force, and a high school athlete politicized by the shooting. Though the three men cross paths only briefly, it is through powerful moments of prolonged eye contact that the narrative throttle is passed from one to another. As the film changes protagonists, deeper questions are asked about truth, prejudice, justice and how to do the right thing.

Winner – Sundance Film Festival – Special Dramatic Jury Prize

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