John Boyega Is Stuck In The Midst Of A Revolt In The Trailer For ‘Detroit’
Stories that explore real life violence always pack a punch; and few directors tell these stories as well as Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow is the legendary director behind 2012 s Zero Dark Thirty, her follow up to The Hurt Locker, the film that saw her become the first and only woman to win the Oscar for ‘Best Director’. This year, she has decided to tell the story of one of the most violent revolts in American history the 1967 Detroit riots in a movie called Detroit.
Detroit stars Star Wars actor, John Boyega (who is clearly coming for that Oscar), as a security guard caught in the middle of the frenzy. The riots began after a police raid on an unlicensed bar and lasted for five days, leaving 43 dead, more than 7,200 arrested and over 2,000 buildings destroyed. The movie will explore the systemic racism, within the city and the police force, that the riot uncovered.
Detroit also stars John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Will Poulter and Anthony Mackie.
Where are the black women?
Once again, one key demographic has been excluded in the telling of this story: black women. The movie does not include any black women as part of the film’s narrative not even in secondary roles. Black women played major roles from entertainment, to business, to activism in the Detroit uprising in 1967 just as they did in the Black power movement in London, yet just like John Ridley’s Guerilla, they are absent. Yes, the movie is specifically honing in on The Algiers Motel Incident of July 25, 1967, in which three black males were killed, and nine others, two white females and seven black males, were brutally beaten by members of the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Army National Guard. While no black women were involved in this particular heinous event, if the backdrop is the general Detroit riot, black women should have been involved because really what is Detroit, especially in the 1960s without Black women? Perhaps, the movie should have been named Algiers instead. Detroit will be released on the 4th of August, the 50th anniversary of the riots.
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