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      Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn

      2020 1 hr. 40 min. Documentary List
      87% 15 Reviews Tomatometer 71% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Racial tensions come to a boil when an angry mob murders Black teenager Yusuf Hawkins in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 1989. The aftermath of Hawkins' death leads to a social movement as his family and community protesters demand justice. Read More Read Less

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      Storm Over Brooklyn's limited scope may disappoint viewers seeking a comprehensive examination of racial inequity in New York City circa 1989, but this poignant documentary does justice to the memory of Yusuf Hawkins the person.

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      john m 2020 and these types of things are as alive in society as ever. I never really knew the story on Yusuf, just had heard vaguely about it and knew about Al Sharpton's involvement in the riots and marching. So I'm glad I watched this because it is an extremely well told and emotionally heavy account with just as much relevance today. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ty Burr Boston Globe It's the gulf between what people said then and now that resonates throughout this documentary, and the blind spots that continue today. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2020 Full Review Tambay Obenson indieWire [It] likely won't teach much new to those already familiar with his story... But even for the initiated, it could contribute to ongoing discussions on how to dismantle the American racial divide that is deeply entrenched in our national psyche. Rated: B Aug 14, 2020 Full Review Melanie McFarland Salon.com Voices past and present give Storm Over Brooklyn a piercing relevance in the here and now, whether by what they're saying or what they represent. Aug 13, 2020 Full Review Carla Hay Culture Mix Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn could have been a very one-sided documentary, but it took the responsible approach of including diverse viewpoints. Aug 23, 2020 Full Review Jordan Calhoun Black Nerd Problems These different perspectives paint a vivid picture of the Brooklyn of 30 years ago, not very different from the Brooklyn of today. Aug 21, 2020 Full Review Rosalynn Try-Hane Liquid Marmalade Yusuf Hawkins - Storm Over Brooklyn is an emotional and sensitive examination of racial tensions, grief and political point scoring that is ever present today. Aug 20, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Racial tensions come to a boil when an angry mob murders Black teenager Yusuf Hawkins in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 1989. The aftermath of Hawkins' death leads to a social movement as his family and community protesters demand justice.
      Director
      Muta'Ali Muhammad
      Executive Producer
      Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Jeff Friday, Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin
      Production Co
      HBO Documentary Films, Lightbox
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 13, 2020
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