Civil rights activist Harry Belafonte released a social justice short film, titled “Against the Wall,” highlighting police brutality towards African Americans. Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the video features stars like Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Michael K. Williams, and many others, forced against a wall, as audio of police calls and shooting incidents play in the background.
“If it’s once or twice you can say it’s an accident or a coincidence, but when you have as large a population of murdered young men in the streets of America and they’re all black or of African American descent, I think someone is sending us a message,” we hear Belafonte saying in the opening credits. “And we should respond to that message.”
The chilling black-and-white video also samples audio from Anderson Cooper’s story of a 68-year-old black man getting tasered, beanbagged, shot and killed. Officer Nakia Jones’ speech about police violence is also heard, as well as George Zimmerman’s 911 call before shooting Trayvon Martin.
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The PSA ends with Williams laying on the ground, with audio of people arguing if a police shooting counts as murder or not. The phrase “Black is not a weapon” appears on the screen before an image of a raised fist closes out the video.
“Against the Wall,” was produced in association with Belafonte’s social justice organization Sankofa.org. Watch the video below.