“Depending on who you are, the sight of an officer can produce either a warm sense of safety and contentment or a plummeting feeling of terror.”Christopher L. Hayes
THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, a film that is based on a true story, is not an easy watch but it is a very necessary one. Unfortunately, in the year 2020, the United States has yet to properly address and remediate the systemic racism upon which its entire justice system is predicated – too often leading to incidents like the one which occurred on November 19th, 2011 when Mr. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a US Marine veteran, accidentally triggered his medical alert alarm at 5:22 am. Less than 2 hours later, by 7:00 am, he was killed by members of the White Plains, NY police department.
It’s a tale of all things wrong with police encounters and the African American community, as well as the need for proper police training when it comes to de-escalation and working with the chronically and mentally ill. The movie is heartbreaking and anxiety-inducing yet a well-crafted and thrilling watch, nonetheless.
Veteran actor Frankie Faison (Luke Cage, I’m Your Woman) turns in a gripping and heart-rending performance as Mr. Chamberlain and deserves all acclaim – especially with him being alone in a single room for much of the film.
Very much like 2013’s Fruitvale Station, I believe this film is an amazing work that will captivate, and anger, its audience through the end credits. And be sure to watch through the end title cards, which give additional information about the event and what transpires after the shooting.
I rate THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN 5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
The film is scheduled to premiere December 1. Additional information is available at the official website here.
Until next thought, Thomasena
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