Published on 4th December 2016 by

In 2013 in Sanford, Florida, vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin. As a result, the struggle against police violence flared up under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and turned into one of the biggest grassroots movements in the United States. VPRO Backlight talked to co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the various forms of violence against black citizens, and why resistance is essential.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2016.
© VPRO Backlight December 2016

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Director: Nirit Peled
Research: Henneke Hagen
Camera : Stef Tijdink
Sound: Bouwe Mulder
Editor: Paul Delput
Archive research: Nina Huisman
Production assistant: Paula Witkamp
Producer: Sharon Yosef
Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn
Thanks to: Marcel Baugh, Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter, jah-vi Cotten-Cohia, Akilah Franklin, Monique Franklin, Hodan Hassan, KT, Faisal Provincial, Yirim Seck, Amanda Arkansassy Harris, Yasmin Hamidi

VPRO has made every effort to trace all rightful claimants regarding the extracts shown in this programme.
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.


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