Based on Angie Thomas’ bestseller, The Hate U Give focuses on Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a youth who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil by a police officer. Torn by two different communities, Starr does her best to follower her instincts and do what is right. The feature, which made its premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is directed by George Tillman Jr., whose credits include Soul Food, Men of Honor, and The Longest Ride.

“It’s time for us to speak up for black lives and ensure that we are treating every single citizen in the United States as human,” said Stenberg about the themes of the film. “That we are placing a lot of value in their lives. Hopefully through this personal narrative people are able to gather the empathy that they might not have had when they weren’t able to put themselves in the shoes of these people.”

Click on the media bar to hear Stenberg talk about the importance of staying true to Angie Thomas’ novel:

The Hate U Give, co-starring Regina Hall (Support The Girls), opens nationwide October 19.

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