Whose Streets? (2017)

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An unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.


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3 February 2018 | st_stoimenov
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| Not what one would have thought initially.
This documentary indeed examines a particular social and cultural phenomenon, but not the one that it claims it analyzes.

The real leitmotif here is the relatively recent advent, the zenith and the unchallengeable reign of the so-called Post-Truth Era which we're all enabling in one way or another. In that tenor, the message this movie disseminates, and even promulgates, happens to be virtually diametrically opposed and recusant to the one the author declares to be the documentary's objective.

Some of the smartest, most capable and highest paid professionals in the U.S. and the European Union work in the field of disinformation and prevarication. These are the propagandists - the PhD's in spin-doctoring. Their objective is to create such a cacophony in, what Jurgen Habernas calls, Öffentlichkeit - a public space outside of the control by the state, where individuals exchange views and knowledge.

This is what I, personally, got the strongest sense from in this movie - the cacophony, since it engenders the best possible environment for circumvention of the objective truth. Ultimately, there little doubt in my mind that it is entirely within these talented public sphere operatives' and propagandists' possibilities to render the truth largely irrelevant.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,804 13 August 2017

Gross USA:

$182,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,799

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