20th Century Fox has debuted the trailer for The Hate U Give, the movie based on the best-seller novel of the same name by Angie Thomas.
The film recounts the story of Starr, a 16-years-old black girl who lives in two very different worlds. The poor neighborhood where she was raised and the fancy high school she attends. Careful not to come across as the usual black girl from the ‘ghetto’, Starr tries her best to blend in at school.
One day, though, during a night out with her best friend Khalil, she get pulled over by a police officer, who shoots dead an unarmed Khalil. From this moment, the world of Starr changes forever as she will have to learn that the world she lives in is, in fact, in black and white.
Based on the debut novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give comes at a moment in America where there is much need for politically and socially committed movies.
If Fruitvale Station, the biographical-drama starring Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, the young African American man shot dead in 2009, has helped raise awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement, there is still a lot that needs to be done since police brutality and racism remain a deadly reality, especially among young black men.
As Trump‘s agenda is more concerned with building walls instead of tearing them down, the cry for justice and to end racism must not go unheard. This is why the Black Lives Matter, the activist movement spurred from the senseless killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, needs more international awareness as it aims to tackle violence and racism towards the Black community.
The Hate U Give, then, joins the ranks of movies that bear with them a higher purpose than just mere entertainment. Inspired by what has been happening in the past few years, the film paints a picture that is alarmingly vivid despite the fiction material it draws from. African American actress Amandla Stenberg, recently seen in Love, Simon, stars in the lead role and it is assured that she will definitely give justice to her character and its story.
The movie will hit theatres October 19. In the meantime watch the trailer below:
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