Film Image
The People United
1985
Color
60 minutes
US

The People United

Boston, 1978: It was an intense period of racial conflict over school bussing and escalating incidents of police brutality in the predominantly Black section of Roxbury. In the wake of growing racial tension and violence, 12 black women were brutally and mysteriously murdered within an 18-month period; their murders remained unsolved. There are moments in the history of any community when its people are sorely tested and the floodgates break. This film captures one of those moments and the community's united response.
Reviews
"...resonates with the violent imagery of a city in which racism is part of our daily lives." - Michael Blowen, The Boston Globe
"If you aren't old enough to remember what happened in Roxbury in the '70s, filmmaker Alonzo Speight recaptures the racial violence that tore the predominantly Black town asunder in his documentary, THE PEOPLE UNITED." - The City Sun
"Shows how residents of the black community tried to grapple with a series of murders in the late 1970s..." - Bay State Banner
"A model instance of community cinema..." - The Institute of Contemporary Art Cinema
"THE PEOPLE UNITED would be quite helpful in organizing in any community against police brutality..." - National Conference of Black Lawyers
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