When an unarmed black man is shot dead by police officers after an altercation, it leaves a Brooklyn neighbourhood shaken, leading to investigations and a series of protests. Uniquely structured and split into three chapters, the film follows how the event affects the lives of three black men: a young man who witnessed the incident and is torn on whether to speak up and release footage he filmed on his mobile phone; a school athlete with a promising career ahead of him but which conflicts with his growing interest in activism; and a sympathetic police officer facing difficult questions about his job and police brutality. This is an insightful look at an ongoing topical issue, focusing on the many ways anti-black racism impacts the lives of a community and which asks difficult yet important questions about finding a solution.
Into Film is proud to present a free educational screening of Monsters and Men as part of the Spring Screenings: Changing Times programme. At a time of remarkable change around attitudes towards the environment, technology, politics, and identity, particularly for young people, this film will open up discussion around some of these themes, utilising the remarkable power of cinema to deepen learning as well as provoke conversation and debate. The screening will be preceded by a short compilation of archive film on the theme, special schools’ edit provided by Yorkshire Film Archive.
Please note this film is for educators and their students. To book a place for your school please click here.