Today we introduce a short film series called Ferguson Conversations.
Not In Our Town's film team has been covering events in Ferguson, Missouri following the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9. This tragic event has sparked conversations and marches both in the St. Louis area and nationwide. These first two short films shine a light on the community of Ferguson.
Community Gathers at NAACP Youth March for Michael Brown
"We want people to understand there's a Ferguson near you."
—NAACP National Youth Work Committee Chair John Gaskin III during the NAACP Youth March on Aug. 23, 2014.
Not In Our Town filmed the NAACP Youth March in Ferguson, MO, just weeks after unarmed teen Michael Brown was fatally shot in this St. Louis suburb. See how the community came together peacefully for this event after weeks of unrest, hear their ideas for the future, and their hope that the events in their town inspire other communities to stand up to injustice and racism.
Coming Together at Michael Brown's Rebuilt Memorial
"I like the fact that I've seen people of all races come together for Ferguson."
A St. Louis couple comes to Ferguson, MO, six weeks after unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. The memorial for Michael Brown was destroyed by a fire and then rebuilt by the community with handmade signs, balloons, stuffed animals, and a line of roses down the middle of Canfield Drive.
Larry and Erica go to see the rebuilt memorial and pay their respects to Michael Brown, his grieving parents, and the Ferguson community. For Erica, despite the unrest sparked by the fatal shooting, this tragic event has been an opportunity for the largely segregated St. Louis area to connect.
What are your conversations about Ferguson?