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Director of harrowing 'Detroit' hopes film starts dialogue on race

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 02:06

The drama tells the story of the 1967 summer riots after the shooting of three young black men in the city. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow brought her powerful interpretation of Detroit's racially charged 1967 riots home to the city in the world premiere of "Detroit" on Tuesday (July 25), saying she hoped the film would encourage a wider dialogue nationwide. "Detroit" recreates the summer civil unrest by African-Americans in the city 50 years ago, and the little-known police interrogation and shootings of three young black men at the Algiers Motel. The movie, out in major U.S. cities on Friday, has a rare 100 percent-positive review score on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes with many movie critics calling it timely but painful to watch. Bigelow, in Detroit for Tuesday's premiere, noted that although the events took place a half century ago, unarmed black men were still being shot by police in the United States. "These events keep happening. I mean look at how timely and topically it is with Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray," Bigelow told reporters on the red carpet. Brown, Martin, McDonald and Gray were killed in separate incidents between 2012 and 2015, sparking protests and debate over perceived racial bias among U.S. police. Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "I think (the film is) an opportunity to encourage or invite a dialogue about bridging a divide this country desperately needs, in my humble opinion," Bigelow added. In "Detroit," actor Will Poulter plays a white, racist police officer who was subsequently tried and acquitted of all charges in the shootings. "I think like a lot of other white people, sometimes the topic of race is often uncomfortable or difficult. I'm hoping that a film like this will encourage people to talk about this topic when we're invited into the conversation," Poulter said.

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Director of harrowing 'Detroit' hopes film starts dialogue on race

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 02:06