Olive Eko's Humanity is a frightening but empathetic remainder of the climate between the police department and minorities across America. A study shows that over 400 African Americans have been shot to death by the U.S. police in 2017 through the first quarter of 2018. That's two hundred and twenty-one more that the Hispanic/Latino communities. Generally speaking, we only think of white officers using their badge as a weapon but Eko keeps it real with the role reversal of an American cop doing the exact same things that we see in the video.
Jennet's brother William was walking home from the grocery store and shot by the police. The shooting happened at point-blank range, while William was filming an illegal traffic stop. The cops were aggressive towards the citizens which prompted many people to film the incident on their phones. William was told by one officer to put his phone away before he was fatally shot. However, the footage sparked an outcry-compounded by an enraged feeling that Jennet was not going to let go!
For me personally, the movie wasn't just about the Police/Community relationship but about a modestly successful woman that looks good on paper but broken on the inside.
So who was Jennet? Like many children of deceased parents, she was flawed. Jennet is one of three children practicing law in D.C. Metropolitan area with a complicated heart. But it is that complicated heart which landed her a successful career in criminal justice. Jennet's law firm is the prosecution of several police brutality cases in the area and being the only women of color has never helped during preparation for a trail.
Yet, it wasn't until her brother's shooting when she decided that enough is enough. After the unexpected tragedy, Jennet quit her job and curator several protests one of which ended in the demise of..........
The film becomes apparently emotional at the end, showing the on-going civil-rights campaign for "Humanity". There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, unimaginable fact of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out. Every encounter, every argument, every silly or short-lived thought; everything assumes a new mysteriously vivid quality, an occult focus, as the shadow of death falls across it.