America Street: A portrayal of modern day racism

By Annisa Phillip, April 1, 2021
Slavery may have been abolished in writing, but it persists in practice.

America has been founded on the ideology of race and out of it came racism. Being founded on its perseverance, is what allows it to continue to seep into the lives of people of color and taint their everyday experiences in the U.S.

Idrissou Mora-Kpai, an award winning West African filmmaker, created a documentary showcasing how racism is persisting in Charleston, SC. Through the perspective of a corner store owner Joe, the audience takes a journey into a Charleston East Side neighborhood. There is a first hand demonstration of what life is like in the neighborhood as a result of things such as racism, gentrification, policing etc. These longtime systems of oppression are given modern day examples through Joe’s life.

This documentary is an absolute must see if one wishes to understand how people of color are still being oppressed and killed because of the system. Just because people and companies are yelling racial solidarity, does not mean racism is automatically over. This runs deep, and there is work that still needs to be done.

The America Street documentary will be made available on April 5th through the festival portal. Along with a talkback taking place on April 10th at 4pm. Register here: