PRESS RELEASE: ‘Whose Streets?’ | Tracing a People’s Movement

POV’s Community Engagement and Education team works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present more than 800 free screenings every year. In addition, we distribute free discussion guides and standards-aligned lesson plans for each of our films. With our community partners, we inspire dialogue around the most important social issues of our time.
Since 1994, POV Spark has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department has continually experimented with web-based documentaries, producing PBS’ first program website and the first Snapchat-native documentary. It has won major awards for its work, including a Webby Award and over 19 nominations. Now with a singular focus on incubating and distributing interactive productions, POV Spark continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its co-productions, acquisitions and the POV Labs, where media makers and technologists collaborate to reinvent storytelling forms.
Executive Producers for POV:                            Justine Nagan, Chris White
Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, Whose Streets? has its national broadcast and streaming debut on the PBS documentary series POV and on Monday, July 30, 2018, at 10 p.m. (check local listings). POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series now in its 31st season. The film is a co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and was an official selection at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary weaves the filmmakers’ footage with cellphone recordings from witnesses who were at the scene of Brown’s murder and the ensuing demonstrations. Quotes from well-known black civil rights leaders and thinkers like Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou also frame interviews with protestors.
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Sabaah Folayan is an activist and storyteller born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As an advocate at Rikers Island, Folayan interviewed incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma. She later helped organize the Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death. Folayan attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as a teenager and performed as a member of the Black Theatre Ensemble while a pre-med student at Columbia University. In September 2014, she went to Ferguson, Missouri, with cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Whose Streets? landed her a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Folayan recently directed an episode of Get Schooled, a web series from Glamour magazine’s Girl Project presented by Maybelline. She was a 2015 Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow, a 2016 Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.
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Co-Director:                                                      Damon Davis
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POV films have won 37 Emmy® Awards, 21 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. Learn more at
Director:                                                            Sabaah Folayan
Director:                                                            Sabaah Folayan
The film focuses on various activists as protagonists, delving deep into their lives after Brown’s death. Brittany Ferrell, a 25-year-old nursing student and mother of a young daughter, is one such activist. In the months following Brown’s murder, she and her partner, Alexis Templeton, founded the group Millennial Activists United.
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Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyncote Foundation. Additional funding comes from The John S. and James Knight Foundation, Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Chicago Media Project, Sage Foundation, Lefkofsky Family Foundation, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.
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Sabaah Folayan, Writer/Director, Producer
About the Filmmakers:
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.
Damon Davis, Co-Director/Producer