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The Friendliest Town

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Timely docu about trailblazing Black police chief; language.

Movie NR 2019 77 minutes
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Director and investigative reporter Stephen Janis produces a compelling portrait of African American police chief Kelvin Sewell, who maintains his courage in the face of adversity. One of the film's most difficult scenes to watch is an older African American man speaking about the segregationist rules of a local theater. He remembers that "Blacks were upstairs and the Whites were downstairs." He also recalls that African Americans "had to be off the streets at a certain time," otherwise "the police would get you." The history of Pocomoke City's past and Sewell's progressive steps to make a difference in the community offer parents and teens an opportunity to discuss the issue of race in a period now striving for social change.

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