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Friday, February 4, 2022

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Director: Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Review: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America!

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America is a documentary film where Mr. Jeffery Robinson, a lawyer and former deputy legal director at the Amercian Civil Liberities Union (A.C.L.U.), who is giving a lecture about the subjects of racism and slavery to the movie-viewing audience and the people at Town Hall in New York on Juneteenth 2018. As you all watch the film, he’ll provide most of his valid arguments and point-of-views about racism and slavery throughout the film, but he will promise he’ll bring something new to many viewers.

This film is directed by Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler, the daughters of the Chicago Seven lawyer William Kunstler, whom they interspersed with colorful, cameric scenes of Robinson traveling around the country to spread his powerful voice and interview some black citizens and black civil rights activists. He added his argument about white supremacy towards blacks and made cross-country visits to several cities in the United States. His trips include Charleston, where the fingerprints from slave labor are still in intact; Staten Island, where he interviews Eric Garner’s mother; and his hometown Memphis, Tennessee, where his parents had to devise a plan to buy a home.

Trying to put everything altogether in one full meal thanks to Jeffery Robinson, Sarah Kunstler, and Emily Kunstler, this documentary film relies heavily on many interviewers who dealt with racism as they grow older, the Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, and many relevant facts and cases along the history without needing to say more whenever anyone is here to express an opinion or emotion for any matter. Since his lecture is new, educational, and quite engaging, Robinson’s story is quite easy to follow and strongly recommended to everyone, including history teachers and history-major students. Robinson’s story and cases inspires many people, including myself, to understand how racism affects others in real life, just like back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America is a wonderful, inspiring two-hour documentary film. It’s a superb addition to Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler's first brilliant documentary. Jeffery Robinson brings the whole compelling and truthful history of racism in the United States of America, not to pin the blame or shame but to inform and educate. This film is a must, perfect fit to celebrate Black History Month. In fact, everyone in history classes should get themselves to watch this film. If you don't think or believe we have a problem with racism in this country, or think that racism no longer exists, I highly (and heavily) urge you to watch the film. This film is not optional and it shouldn’t be easy to miss and skip. Go now and watch this immediately! No exceptions!


(Review by Henry Pham)

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