Baltimore Black & White (United States | 2015, 24 min)
Directed by: Joe Rubino
Shot in Baltimore neighborhoods, this short documentary comprises interviews with the people of the city on two topics: how the issue of race has affected their lives, and their response to the events surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the uprising that followed it in the spring of 2015. Shots of West Baltimore, interspersed throughout the film, add context and texture to the stories that are told.
The film is distinctive in the wide diversity of voices it includes: the poor and the affluent, teenagers and the elderly, African-Americans and white people. The stories that are told range from elderly women and men talking about the large and small humiliations that were a daily part of living in a segregated city in the 1950’s, to current high school students -- African-American and white -- talking about the prejudice and constricted opportunities experienced today by young African-Americans.