NEW YORK – At the Tribeca Film Festival no star power was needed on Friday evening.
Although Jay-Z was expected to speak on a panel discussion for Paramount Networks New Rest in Power: The Tray by Martin Story which he executive produced, the rapper was a no-show. But the premiere audience did not seem to mind giving the applause to teen deceased teenagers Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were speaking in a post-screening interview.
Rest in Power is a six-man documentary series describing the controversial events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Martin shot dead in Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood volunteer. Featuring a mix of news clips, family photos, 911 calls, and interviews, the first episode tells the life and dreams of Martin – who wanted to become a pilot and travel the world – and goes through the night in which he was killed in shocking detail ,
The series also investigates the effects of his death and becomes the face of the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was convicted in 2013.
The resumption of the incident by Power was "very difficult, but it's a tragedy worth telling," Fulton told host Joy Reid , "We want to make sure people remember not only Trayvon but all the young men and women he represents, we need to be aware that the weapons culture needs to change, that the mental illness has to change, and so does the Hatred This country needs to change, we want to make sure that we are part of this change, so if it means opening our lives – and it's not easy – it's important for people to realize that it took courage, this Strength to do this is not something we volunteered for – that's not what I sacrificed my son for. "
Later in the series, co-directors Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst investigate the Relevance of Martin's death in 2018, after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, NC, last August and the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year.
When it comes to calling for more reasonable gun laws, "I see a change now, and I say now because of the incident in Parkland," said Tracy Martin. "We've talked about changing those laws since 2012, but the difference is that the Parkland incident hit the heart of America, Trayvon Martin was not the heart of America, Trayvon Martin is classified as a ghetto, and if we already have for years trying to get America to do something. "
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