Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Homeless Black Man Creates Groundbreaking Film, "The Throwaways"
Ira McKinley, a once homeless man and ex-felon, is now the mastermind behind a new documentary film called The Throwaways. With the help of his church, McKinley is using the film to tell the story of his experience, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, New York.
As he strives to get his voice heard and capture the stories of people living on the margins, McKinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles against the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. Guided by this personal narrative of survival, The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America.
More than a simple illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.
During a recent interview, McKinely comments, "I came up with the name of The Throwaways because I am, like others, dealing with a New Jim Crow system that helps keep people of color in the viscious cycle of homelessness, poverty and the complete alienation from society."
He adds, "Mass incarceration is the major cause of dysfunctionalism in the African American communities. It is the new Willie Lynch system of exploiting a whole population for control."
The Project Still Needs Funding:
To donate to the production and distribution of the film, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-throwaways-documentary-film
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