In 'The Hate U Give,' A Portrait Of Police Violence, Code-Switching And More

A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That's the storyline of the new film "The Hate U Give." The director and young activists tell their stories.


George Tillman Jr., Film director, producer and screenwriter known for his films "Soul Food," "Barbershop," "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," among others. Director of "The Hate U Give." (@George_Tillman)

Kaia Hines, 16-year-old junior at Franklin High School, which is outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s a program coordinator at Leaders Igniting Transformation Milwaukee, a nonprofit organization led by youth of color that organizes young people around issues related to political power, and social, racial and economic justice.

Alycia Moaton, 17-year-old senior at Kenwood Academy in Chicago. Member and Organizer with Good Kids, Mad City, an advocacy organization that includes young people from Baltimore and Chicago who are working to end violence in their cities

Demitrius Doward, 17-year-old junior at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York City. He’s a member of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, an organization that trains leaders to fight against, and end, anti-black racism and systemic violence.

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