Jay Z’s Kalief Browder Project Gets Premiere Date
When Kalief Browder committed suicide in 2015, it was a story that rocked the Black community.
The Bronx high school student decided to take his own life after being held on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack. At 16, Browder was arrested for second-degree robbery. He was incarcerated for three years with no conviction and spent two of those years in solitary confinement.
Browder, who maintained his innocence, endured a heavy bout of psychological hardships while being held on Rikers and sadly, even after being released couldn’t shake the experience.
It’s a heartbreaking story and one that Jay Z, under his two-year production deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC), is bringing to the masses with a special six-part series entitled, Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story is a failure of the judicial process,” Jay Z stated during a press conference in October. “Kalief was dealt a horrible hand, his life and his story inspires others. I think it is very clear that solitary confinement for a 16-year-old is inhumane.”
Time: The Kalief Browder Story, will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January!
The first two episodes of the series will screen at the festival and will be followed by an extended Q&A possibly featuring Jay Z, director Jenner Furst, and members of the production team.
Along with Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, currently streaming on Netflix, Time: The Kalief Browder Story will be an eye-awakening project that will further analyze and bring forth the flaws in the justice system.