Watch This Mini-Documentary On Eric Garner

On the anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, a mini documentary about his passing was uploaded by Old Friend on Vimeo. The LA studio collaborated with AJ+, Al Jazeera’s video channel app, and Garner’s family to create A Year Without Eric Garner. It answers the question Eric himself asked a few days before he died, "What’re you going to do when I’m gone?" The short film focuses on the family’s reactions to the media frenzy, their last moments, and the progress made over the past year.

The mini-doc doesn’t serve as just a memorialization of a beloved man, but also a fervent call to action, with interviews interlaced with footage of the protests. Featuring Garner’s wife Esau Garner, his daughter Erica Garner, and his mother Gwen Carr, the family encourages viewers to help them bring about justice. According to Erica, “Justice, to us, means we get our answers, we get our reforms, and people can stop being brutalized by the police.” Some people still walk on eggshells about the topic of police brutality, but the family (and millions of people on Twitter) say it’s time to get serious.

Eric Garner’s death a year ago was one of the cataclysmic events that have shown the harsh reality of police brutality. Along with other victims like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, the highly talked about murders have prompted the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which aims to highlight racism, discrimination, and brutality within the American justice system. Most recently Sandra Bland, the Texan woman who allegedly committed suicide in police custody, has prompted the new tag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody.

People say history repeats itself. But with the explosion of activism going on both online and IRL, maybe we’ll be able to change the game. So far, the country has moved in small steps: attracting the notice of politicians (most notably President Obama), holding countless protests, and gathering people together to rally. Maybe we can write ourselves a new chapter.

Photo by Yana Paskova

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