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Storm Over Brooklyn's limited scope may disappoint viewers seeking a comprehensive examination of racial inequity in New York City circa 1989, but this poignant documentary does justice to the memory of Yusuf Hawkins the person. Read critic reviews

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Racial tensions come to a boil when an angry mob murders Black teenager Yusuf Hawkins in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 1989. The aftermath of Hawkins' death leads to a social movement as his family and community protesters demand justice.

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Victorious DeCosta
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Jonathan Chinn
Executive Producer
Simon Chinn
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Jeff Friday
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Daniel Lindsay
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T.J. Martin
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Justin Melland
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2)

  • It's the gulf between what people said then and now that resonates throughout this documentary, and the blind spots that continue today.

    August 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [It] likely won't teach much new to those already familiar with his story... But even for the initiated, it could contribute to ongoing discussions on how to dismantle the American racial divide that is deeply entrenched in our national psyche.

    August 14, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Voices past and present give Storm Over Brooklyn a piercing relevance in the here and now, whether by what they're saying or what they represent.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The competing agendas surrounding the case would prevent anyone from making a cohesive Hawkins documentary, and "Storm Over Brooklyn" never settles on a satisfying point of view.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • In addition to creating a documentary with elements of a thriller, director Muta'Ali Muhammad takes a tidy inventory of the people and outrages that made up the political profile of New York at the time.

    August 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Regrettably, Storm Over Brooklyn is only a rudimentary primer on the case, rather than a particularly comprehensive or insightful one.

    August 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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