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Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dramatic docu about birth of Black Lives Matter movement.

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Treyvan Martin murdered

Thank you for producing “Rest in Power”. Zimmerman got away with murdering Treyvan Martin. It brought all my anger and grief back to us. We attended the press conference at City Hall in Sanford. How could the police let Zimmerman go home that night??! How could Jeb Bush sign “ stand you ground”?! Treyvon’s screams on the 911 tapes tear my heart out. Rest in Power is a wonderful documentary. Treyvan’s friend, who was on the phone with him when Zimmerman attacked him was disgracefully humiliated by the prosecutor. We believed every word she said. I watched the whole trial and could not believe that the jury found Zimmerman not guilty.

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This poignant and troubling docuseries centers on the killing of Trayvon Martin as a way of offering a broader examination of systematic racial discrimination in the United States. It examines how quickly the Black Lives Matter movement spread from a small grassroots protest to a nationwide movement thanks to social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, and comments made by President Obama. It also points to the backlash that has resulted from this social activism, much of which the producers argue is instigated by white supremacist movements, and is tacitly endorsed by the NRA and President Trump.

Rest in Power is far from objective as it addresses these issues. Meanwhile, the interviews featured here, along with police recordings, interview footage, and images of protests, race riots, and violent acts being committed, paint a disturbing picture of race relations in the United States, while providing few solutions for making them better. But throughout it all, it humanizes Martin and underscores the incomprehensible sense of loss felt by his family. The result: A series that gives us a lot to think about, but one that's hard to watch without being deeply emotionally affected.

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