The People United

In the space of fourteen months, thirteen Black women were murdered in Boston. The deaths occurred during an intense period of racial conflict as alleged incidents of police brutality escalated in the predominantly Black section of Roxbury. The People United, through its style and message, captures the crisis and the Boston Black community’s unified response, contrasting it with the position taken by the city’s police and judicial establishment. There are moments in the history of any community when the floodgates break and its people are sorely tested. The People United captures one of these moments and keeps alive the community’s dignified response.

16mm | 56 mins | 1986