Hip Hop Association and Third World Newsreel (TWN) have secured US and Canada distribution rights to Directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq’s Award winning (#Bars4Justice) documentary short – A Film shot in Ferguson Missouri capturing a glimpse into the new civil rights movement through hiphop with Talib Kweli, Common, Cornell West.
Khaaliq shot the film in Ferguson Missouri during the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Williams August 9th 2014. The film documents a benefit concert held in his commemoration orchestrated by Talib Kweli to raise money for Mike Brown’s Family. “We initially thought it would be a good idea just to capture such a great event, not knowing that it would later be produced as a film” said Khaaliq.
Roselly Torres, Director of marketing and distribution for Third World Newsreel said, “I’m so happy we found this film. TWN has been collaborating with Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Association for many years to distribute social issue Hip-Hop media.” Khaaliq and Ali’s #Bars4Justice is a perfect fit with appearances by Academy Award winning hip hop artist/ actor Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, among many more. Some activists’ appearances include Cornell West, Bree Newsome, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Rev. Renita Lamkin, and Rabbi Susan Talve.
#Bars4Justice is set for release to the educational market in the US and Canada August 9th 2016, the 2nd year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Ali and Khaaliq aim to help educate and address injustices caused by a lack of representation in the justice system from the eye of their lens. “Both directors will be available for presentations along with their film, ” said Torres.
The film is financed by Nation19, YoSoy and with the participation of Co-producer Ronald Sims.
#Bars4Justice WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bars4justice
#Bars4Justice is available to educational Institutions here: http://twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1443&card=price
Winner Best Short Documentary at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)
Winner Audience Choice Award (Short Documentary) at the Uptown Short Film Festival
World Premiere October 1st 2015 Phoenix, AZ –
NAACP Private screening October 5th 2015
November 24th 2015 – Alloy Studios – Pittsburg, PA
Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) February 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th 2016 – Rave Cinemas Los Angeles, CA
University of Arizona Tucson February 15th 2016
Arizona State University (ASU) February 26th 2016
Uptown Short Film Festival – May 15th 2016 – Harlem, NY
Allied Media Conference – June 18 2016 Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State University)
Mutianyu Art Gallery Bejing China – September 2016
Milwaukee Film Festival September – September 22th – October 6th 2016