American Son is a deeply emotional look at a black mothers treatment the night of her son’s disappearance. American Son is one of the most emotionally charged films you can watch to open your mind to just a pinch of black suffering in America, due to the U.S.’s flawed police model.
Tapped as one of our “films to watch” for better education, Kerry Washington spoke about the “resurgence” of her Netflix film American Son amidst the worldwide protests against racial injustice when she virtually visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.
Based on the Broadway play of the same name, the 2019 film follows a black mother and white father as they desperately look for their 18-year-old son when he doesn’t come home.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare of wondering where your teenage kid is with the added layer, the added complexity, that so many of us are understanding now of being a black parent and knowing that your kid isn’t just up against knucklehead adolescent behavior, but up against systems of, you know, racist institutions that put your kid’s life at risk,” Washington explained of the film.
The Twitter event will take place on Thursday, June 12. The watch live event will be followed by an Instagram Live conversation between Washington and African American Policy Forum founder Kimberle Crenshaw, who helped create the Say Her Name campaign. The actress explained that the campaign focuses “on the mothers and the loved ones of women who have been killed by police officers.”