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The Hate U Give

THE HATE U GIVE is not a true story, yet watching it feels like swallowing a pill in which every account of a police murder of a person of color in the US has been compacted, and laced with Red Bull.

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THE HATE U GIVE is based on the Angie Thomas novel by the same name, in which the protagonist Starr Carter discusses her call to activism after the murder of her friend Khalil by a white police officer.

The film opens with an introduction to the parallel existences of Starr, a black teenage girl who bounces between a private high school in an affluent, predominantly white neighborhood and home, in an underserved black majority neighborhood. We get an idea of what code-switching and identity mean to a teenager. We see how her parents teach her and her siblings to survive both worlds; avoid the violence and downward-pulling forces of Garden Heights, and approach the white world outside, especially when it comes to encounters with the police, with unwavering caution.
There are occasional pauses for comedic relief, but most of the film is emotionally-charged and moves swiftly. THE HATE U GIVE is not a true story, yet watching it feels like swallowing a pill in which every account of a police murder of a person of color in the US has been compacted, and laced with Red Bull.

In this sense THE HATE U GIVE seems almost allegorical in the way that it vivifies a chain of events which has become all too familiar – an officer stops a person of color, the officer kills them, the officer goes on paid administrative leave, the media criminalizes the victim, and a well-meaning and/or plain misguided white public goes into defense mode, exclaiming, All lives matter, or, I don’t see color. Starr’s uncle, a police officer, is a figure that speaks for the internalized bias not uncommon among black police officers.

I found myself burning for justice beside Starr, but at some point I couldn’t recognize anymore for whom – the fictional Khalil, or any one of the real people who suffered a nearly identical fate.

Janielle Williams

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USA 2018, 133 min
Genre: Drama, Crime Drama, Literary Film Adaptations
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Author: Audrey Wells
DOP: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Montage: Alex Blatt, Craig Hayes
Music: Dustin O'Halloran
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Common, Sabrina Carpenter, Russell Hornsby
FSK: 12
Release: 28.02.2019

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The Hate U Give

USA 2018 | Drama, Crime Drama, Literary Film Adaptations | R: George Tillman Jr. | FSK: 12

THE HATE U GIVE is not a true story, yet watching it feels like swallowing a pill in which every account of a police murder of a person of color in the US has been compacted, and laced with Red Bull.

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