As Americans, it can be very hard to look back at our history and see all the things that could have been done differently, especially when sometimes it seems like we’re moving backward instead of forward. For a lot of people, right now sort of seems like one of those times. A film set to hit theaters on August 4th but will officially debut on July 25th in Detroit, which happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Algiers Motel incident.
The Algiers Motel incident took place during the 12th Street Riot from July 23rd through July 27th. The events of the Algiers Motel incident are explained in a true crime book by John Hersey, however, the film won’t be based on the book.
The first trailer was released two months ago and shows the stars of the film in the middle of a violent unrest. The end of the trailer simply says, ‘It’s time we knew.‘
The trailer is striking and honest in a way that makes it as hard to watch as it is to turn away. The second trailer follows suit where an interview, focused on John Boyega, sees police officers trying to force him to admit to a crime he didn’t commit.
When it was announced that the film would debut on the anniversary of the murders that took place at the Algiers Motel, it made a statement. When it was announced that the film would debut in the city where the riot took place, it made a bigger one. While there’s no set information on what celebs will attend or how the public will be able to get involved, that information is expected to be released soon.
A look at the true events behind Detroit can be seen below, and if you can’t make it to the July 25th debut, the film hits theaters nationwide on August 4th.
‘…but I knew him’