Directors lead Black Friday protest over Ferguson

Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler are leading a retail protest over the death of Michael Brown.

FergusonIt’s the Friday after Thanksgiving where crowds of consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers.  But the US film-makers who helmed “Fruitvale Station” and “Selma” are urging many not to shop on black friday.

The movement, which is using the hashtag #BlackOutBlackFriday on Twitter, aims to highlight the perceived injustice of a grand jury decision on Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on 9 August. Ava DuVernay, Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2011

The idea was conceived by Coogler, whose 2013 Cannes award-winning drama “Fruitvale Station” told the real-life story of a young black man shot dead by a white transport policeman in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009. Also on board is Ava DuVernay, director of Oscar-tipped civil rights drama “Selma,” who told The Wrap: “I’m a part of Blackout which was conceived by film-maker Ryan Coogler. Ferguson is a mirror of the past. And S‎elma is a mirror of now. We are in a sad, distorted continuum. It’s time to really look in that mirror.”

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