Ferin Kidd’s guerilla-style documentary, “#BangForChange,” takes viewers to Minnesota for the first Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd.
Cal State Fullerton’s Sociology Club invited students to view Kidd’s emotional documentary on April 6, followed by a Q&A session that gave attendees the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker about his experiences and inspirations.
The sadness and pain could be felt through the screen. The commotion and chaos was a sharp juxtaposition to the cold, emotionless behavior of the police who were dispersing the crowds.
The documentary showed students a firsthand experience of what it was like to protest for equality, justice and peace in the thick of police brutality, systemic racism and white privilege.
Kidd edited the documentary and walked students through his editing process.
“For me, taking all the varying perspectives, it was important to present the story objectively, or to capture as many sides as possible, but also to share a narrative that I think, oftentimes, doesn’t get shown through the media,” Kidd said.
The film took the perspective of a peaceful protester, and showed how protesting is negatively represented in mainstream media. Kidd’s documentary was designed to highlight this unique perspective.
Kidd included hip-hop music throughout the film, outlining the importance of this decision during his Q&A.
“We wanted the documentary to have that swag feel, to have that hip-hop vibration because the artists that I work with out here, prior to the social justice movement or the Black Lives Matter movement, which will most likely be dubbed in the history books, have long been utilizing their voices to advocate for social justice issues. I wanted to make sure I was incorporating those artists, many of which are my friends, actual messages into the documentary itself,” Kidd said.
The images in the documentary had a profound impact on the student viewers. This was the second time that Ticella Molioo, a CSUF student, watched “#BangForChange.” She said that she cried the first time she watched the film.
“It is moving to see communities unite and gather together to fight for racial injustice,” Molioo said.
Molioo said that the part that stood out to her was when Ashley, an outspoken protestor, addressed a small crowd and said, “The world is finally listening. I know tomorrow it’ll be history, but they’re finally listening.”
Molioo added that she hopes the world will continue listening and fighting for change.
The documentary offered another student attendee, Eduardo Garcia, a different perspective on the protests because he did not get to attend any of them himself.
“This was my first time watching this documentary, so it really opened my eyes to the reality of the protests,” Garcia said.
He said he appreciates Kidd for giving the audience an opportunity to watch the documentary.
Jeimmy Orellana Quezada, president of the CSUF Sociology Club, was also engaged by the “#BangForChange” documentary.
“I felt extremely emotional and enjoyed seeing the protestors’ perspective. They each are so supportive of each other and take care of each other in that space,” she said.
A question and answer session was held after the screening where Kidd talked about how unity is the only way forward in the fight for justice and peace.
“I utilize my camera to highlight people who are doing good things. There are enough people with cameras highlighting everything negative, whether it’s mainstream media, whether it’s in hip hop. So I felt like, man, I need to do something,” Kidd said.