Last night, I had the pleasure of attending City College of New York for a movie screening of the documentary The Throwaways. Filmed in Albany, NY the movie is beautifully put together showing a different point of view when it comes to police brutality. Told from the perspective of Ira Mckinley, one of the directors and producers, he is a clear representation of how police brutality has become a generational problem. At age 14, Mckinley’s father was killed by a police officer and later Mckinley would grow up and become incarcerated himself before he transitioned to being an activist.
The documentary spoke most to me because of the layers it presented, not only was this film narrated by Ira and told his story, but it also touched on so many factors that effect the black community. It presented the cycles of oppression and trying to make a life for yourself after being incarcerated. The film touched on felons rights, or lack there of, also activism in the community and how speaking up makes you a hometown hero but a threat to politicians and government. It spoke about drug addiction and how that becomes a vicious, depressing cycle of helplessness. Most importantly it spoke on the term “throwaways,” a group of people that are different enough to be viewed as insignificant and dispensable.
The Throwaways is an insightful depiction of one mans transition from prison to social activism, and how a willingness to stand for truth is the only path towards justice for all humanity. The film continues its screening tour this week and will be viewed Friday, October 23rd in Los Angeles, California at the Justice On Trial Film Festival. Learn more about the film and its upcoming screenings on The Throwaways site!