After the cameras disperse, the hashtags stop trending and the protestors go home, the mothers of those who have died by the hands of police are left fighting for peace, justice and preserving the legacy of their children. It’s a story not often told to the public–until now.
The mini-documentary Mothers Of The Revolution tells the other side of the story by the women who have bonded together through the death of their children. Directed by Davia Carter and Executive Produced by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and Blackout for Human Rights, the film features the women who have been dubbed, “Mothers Of The Movement” within the Black Lives Matter Movement. Lezley McSpadden (Michael Brown); Geneva Reed-Veal (Sandra Bland); Theresa Smith (Caesar Ray Cruz); Samaria Rice (Tamir Rice); Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis), along with others join Rev. Wanda Johnson (Oscar Grant), for a celebration on what would have been Grant’s 30th birthday.
Grant, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by former BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009. His story was told through the critically acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station in 2013. Speaking with Mic, Carter says she wanted to show the women’s “strength through tragedy.” “Each mother’s strength really, really came through,” Carter said. “I really listened to what they each had to say and cut that together.”
Rev. Johnson led the conversation, where they focused on their love and faith while calling on legislators to investigate questionable police practices. In the end, the women let their faith take the lead. Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland explained their superpower. Bland died in police custody after she was jailed for an unlawful traffic citation in 2015. “All of us are faith-filled women,” Reed-Veal said. “We are frustrated, but faithful. And so when you see us, you see power. You see strength.”
Check out the film below.