Finding Purpose within Pain: Ferguson Rises Virtual Town Hall

Finding Purpose within Pain: Ferguson Rises Virtual Town Hall

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Independent Lens: Ferguson Rises: A Father's Journey to Find Purpose Within Tragedy: Virtual Townhall 

Join filmmakers, changemakers, and viewers like you to discuss how each of us can mend the wounds of racialized violence in our communities in advance of tonight's broadcast of Ferguson Rises.

Before the global uprising condemning the murder of George Floyd and calls for police accountability echoed internationally, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the Aug. 9, 2014 killing of Black teenager Michael Brown Jr. by a white police officer. Filmmaker Mobolaji Olambiwonnu’s documentary Ferguson Rises explores the depths of the protests following Michael Brown Jr.’s killing through the eyes of his father, Michael Brown Sr., and many diverse voices in the community: from residents to police officers, to business owners and activists who took to the streets in protest for a record 400-plus days straight. Join the national discussion in advance of the broadcast: 


At the center of the documentary is Michael Brown Sr., who is interviewed at great length about his son’s death and the ways he overcame the pain that engulfed him and his family in the years that followed. In doing so, Olambiwonnu sheds light on the grief a Black father must cope with after the murder of his son, and the resiliency he builds alongside a community that rises up against racial injustice. The film follows Brown Sr. as he finds himself among families of victims of police brutality, all thrust into activism not by choice, but circumstance, and by a failed criminal justice system. The Independent Lens presentation of the film airs Monday, November 8, 2021 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.