What is Possible When We Are Able To Tell "Our" Stories
I felt this was a brilliant movie, but more than anything else, I was encouraged by the director's ability to tell a story like this from the perspective of Black people (and don't tell me it doesn't matter, you wouldn't want a Frenchman or Irishman to be the director of stories that are about the American experience).
It's not that there aren't great white/latino/asian directors/writers out there, but they can only go so far in understanding the pain/anxieties of the black community, which is needed to tell a story like this.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend of black directors & writers being able to tell black stories for mainstream audiences without watering us down culturally to do so.
Kiki Layne & Teyonah Parrish are a revelation. You have 2 actresses playing off of each other perfectly, with Layne playing the shy & reserved sister, with Parrish being much more
outspoken & defiant
And Regina King has become one of the best actresses that we have.
I will also say that Emily Rios, the latina actress in here, who has a small supporting role makes a huge impression here (she's also great on FX's "Snowfall"). Also one of the more underrated actresses in Hollywood.
This movie is a painfully honest examination of racism, religion, & the prison industrial complex that goes a long way in explaining the anxieties of being black in America.