The rise of black horror ― from last year’s Oscar juggernaut Get Out to this summer’s satiric fever dream Sorry to Bother You ― has been one of the most vital developments in 21st century cinema. Artists like Jordan Peele, Boots Riley and Donald Glover walk the fine line between surrealism and social commentary in order to amplify the modern/historical experiences of African-Americans. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story  Paramount Network’s gutting six-part docuseries from directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason ― is another addition to this growing genre, a real-life absurdist horror story where truth is fiction and victims are villains.

The murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 conjured a nationwide maelstrom. Like the heart-wrenching casket photo of civil rights icon Emmett Till, the selfie image of Martin’s young face, haloed by his infamous gray hoodie, continues to haunt America’s ongoing racial crisis. Rest in Power’s unabashedly reformist laser-focus draws the throughline from his death to spark of the Black Lives Matter movement to the advent of the alt-right.

 

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