The Hate U Give – The new film raising awareness of racism

Racism in America is an ongoing issue and has been for years. The new film ‘The Hate U Give’ starring Amandla Stenberg who plays main character Starr Carter, highlights the racism problems in American society and is also a film that is based on the novel written by Angie Thomas.

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Get tickets now: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

‘Khalil’ who is played by Algee Smith, is a young black American who was shot by a white police officer after allegedly pulling out a gun from the car he was asked to step out of. However, it wasn’t a gun at all but in fact a hairbrush. That fact was irrelevant the moment he was shot to his death with his best friend ‘Starr’ watching on, helpless, as her friend is murdered. The performance by both actors in this scene was intense.

‘Starr’ then, for the remainder of the film, seeks justice for her friend and his unjustly murder. But of course, it doesn’t come without its issues otherwise what sort of film would it be?

Stenberg’s performance throughout the film was immense. You could see the pain her character felt along with the rest of her family, including two younger brothers and her mum and dad.

Joe Coggins, 20, who has seen the film, commented on how the film tied in with the idea of racism and the effect it has.

“I thought it was a powerful and accurate representation of racism in America and how it is largely misunderstood. There was a lot of realism, especially when referring to the damaging effect it has had on the community and the black lives matter movement.”

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Instead of studying for finals I watched The Hate U Give and honestly I have no regrets. I cried at so many scenes. This movie was raw and moving and I can’t believe I put off watching it for this long. This movie is a MUST WATCH!

Many people seemed to have taken a liking to this emotion filled film.

As the quote above said, the film has a huge sense of realism to it because for many people watching, it is very relatable. Whether it be something they have witnessed, or even something they have been a part of.

This film is not just for entertainment but also to give people a lesson. A lesson that says that racism is still happening every day and this film for many people is a wakeup call.

It may only now be showing in certain cinemas, but you won’t have long to watch this masterpiece as it is soon to be out on DVD and Blu-ray. It is definately worth the watch.

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Find your voice. Watch #TheHateUGive on Digital January 8 and on Blu-ray/DVD January 22.