Police brutality gets spotlight at
Toronto film festival
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[September 08, 2018]
By Rollo Ross
TORONTO (Reuters) - "The Hate U Give" held
its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday,
shedding a light on how police brutality affects the lives of black
Based on the 2017 young adult novel of the same name, the movie tells
the story of Starr, a black teenager, whose life is changed when she
witnesses the killing of her childhood best friend by a white police
The film follows scores of police shootings in the United States in
recent years that have given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Actress Amandla Stenberg, who plays Starr, said she hoped the film would
change the perspective of Americans.
"My hope and dream is that those who have not previously empathized with
these events have instilled in them a sense of empathy for black lives,
for black communities, for the tribulations of black people in America
when it comes to police brutality," Stenberg told Reuters Television.
The cast includes Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae and Disney
actress Sabrina Carpenter, who said the film packs a powerful punch.
"I think that's what art is meant to do - make you feel a little
uncomfortable, question your life, question everything around you and
make you rethink your choices," said Carpenter, the star of television
series "Girl Meets World."
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Actor TJ Wright arrives for the world premiere of The Hate U Give at
the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Canada,
September 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
"The Hate U Give" goes on release in North America on Oct. 19.
(Reporting by Rollo Ross; Editing by Jill Serjeant)
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