Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 100 MINUTES

YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN

New York, Documentary, Drama

On August 23, 1989, a young black man, Yusuf Hawkins, went with friends to view a used car in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. After being misidentified as the boyfriend of a local white girl, Hawkins is attacked by an angry mob and murdered. His death sparks outrage, bringing simmering racial tensions to a boil. The aftermath of Hawkins’s death swells to a social movement and engulfs the mayoral election as Hawkins’s family demands justice. When the 12 youths associated with Hawkins’s death are mostly set free, routine marches in Brooklyn threaten to tear communities apart in the name of redemption.

Director Muta Ali’s feature debut exposes New York City’s raw underbelly of prejudice. Featuring Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, and David Dinkins, Ali probes the problematic portrayal of black victims in the media and how the racial divide of Americans is deeply entrenched in our national psyche.—Jessica Fairbanks


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Muta'Ali

Muta’Ali is an award-winning director whose latest documentary is HBO’s Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn. He is currently in development on his next feature film about the 2013 killing of Cary Ball by two St. Louis police officers. Muta’Ali is the grandson of actor/activists Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis.



Director
Muta'Ali
Producer
Jevon Frank, Victorious De Costa, Muta'Ali, Alexandra Moss
Cinematographer
Muta'Ali
Composer
Justin Melland
Editor
Jeremy Siefer
Executive Producer
Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Jeff Friday, Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin, Jacqueline Glover
US Distributor
HBO
Co-Producer
Melanie Sharee, Vanessa Tovell
Executive Producer for HBO
Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller
Supervising Producer for HBO
Greg Rhem
Cast
Al Sharpton, Amir Hawkins, Diane Hawkins, Freddy Hawkins, Mayor David Dinkins

CONTACTS

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