Stranger Fruit

Directed by Jason Pollock

What happened on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri? On that hot summer day, Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Stranger Fruit is the unraveling of what took place that day, told through the eyes of Mike Brown’s family.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Adrianna on Letterboxd

    I admire Jason Pollock’s filmmaking ability here. I unknowingly chose to watch this movie the day before the four year anniversary. I’m a st. louis resident as well. my heart aches watching this. A truly great documentary on such a heartbreaking topic. chills the whole time. He also told the story of the people of Ferguson both before and after which I admire. 

  • ★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017

    Stranger Fruit has a very simple and direct purpose. It's explained right away that this isn't the old information headline blurbs we couldn't avoid a few years ago. This documentary delivers something new that it's too dramatic to say changes the entire narrative of this story, based on the way it was shaped by the media due to one short and edited clip of grocery store surveillance footage. Like "The Blood is at the Doorstep" this documents the upsetting and odd phenomenon of racially biased police brutality, but differs in approach. Neither story is complete or finished, but Doorstep celebrates life while spreading awareness. With the director and Mike Brown's family on stage they asked for silence, they sobbed, they reminded us they were not visiting town for fun but for their new life purpose.

  • ★★★★ review by icnyght on Letterboxd

    The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it felt slightly unfinished, the movie deserves a better editor and graphic design team. 

    I watched this in the theater with Mike Brown's parents. Surreal.

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