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Out of Omaha

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent coming-of-age docu; cursing, drinking, smoking.

Movie NR 2018 92 minutes
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This is an unforgettable documentary that uses a coming-of-age story to illustrate the ingrained ugliness and injustices of institutional racism. Out of Omaha begins with historical context concerning Omaha, Nebraska's history of segregation and red-lining of African Americans into the North Omaha neighborhood. It then adds commentary and insight from mentors who lived in and survived those streets to find later success. What emerges is that there are no easy solutions, and to suggest otherwise is foolish and naive.

What makes this documentary so incredible is how this overall message resonates throughout, but it isn't delivered in a heavy-handed way. We see the problems firsthand through the lives of Darcell and Darrell Trotter as they try to achieve their dreams while navigating unforgiving realities. And in the end, you can't help but admire Darcell's restraint while talking to a newspaper editor whose paper reported on an alleged sexual assault by Trotter but didn't follow up to report that the charges were dropped. Nonetheless, hope and optimism, despite everything that has happened to the main subjects of the documentary, somehow persists. Out of Omaha is documentary filmmaking at its best.

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