A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Details surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the systematic racial injustices that led up to it, and which have occurred since, are discussed. The power of social activism, and the importance of coming together, is addressed.
Positive Role Models
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton are grieving parents who have chosen to become social justice activists as a result of their son's killing.
Violence & Scariness
Audio and video footage of violent acts being committed, including shooting, punching, rioting, and choking. Some of these events result in death. Guns, rifles, and incendiary devices visible. Copies of threatening texts, etc., also shown.
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Words like "a--hole" audible; some curses bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook discussed, but in context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marijuana use, other drugs discussed to discredit Martin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story features a lot of strong content, all of which revolves around race and systematic race-related injustices committed against black individuals in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of violent acts, as well as audio and video recordings of people getting shot, choked, punched, and hit by a car. Footage of race riots, white supremacist activities, and other events are shown. There's some cursing (the strongest words bleeped), images of a rude gesture, and references to marijuana use. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Change.org are discussed, and celebrities like Jay-Z are also featured.
Is It Any Good?
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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