> Date Seen: 8th October 2018 <
“It’s about more that just Khalil, it’s about black people, poor people, everybody at the bottom.”
Starr Carter, The Hate U Give (Tillman Jr., 2018)
Looking at Race, Crime and the Police in the US from a black teenage girl’s view point you can see why this film is topical and important today as it beings a mirror to society with the issues many people today go through.
Amandla Stenberg (playing Starr Carter) embodies her role perfectly as she plays the teenage girl struggling between these two versions of herself in her two communities: the black community of Home and the white community of School. Cleverly shot and coloured differently throughout to also show this divide for her too in the beginning as the black community shots use darker and warmer tones while the white community shots has whiter and colder tones.
However this slowly changes throughout the film as she learns more about the World and herself and slowly becomes less divided and more her true self.
It is a truly wonderful, emotional film showing what feels like a real story of what a black family can go through in a divided World. And how we can change things for the better. A must see for all.