Remembering AMADOU DIALLO
Thursday February 7 4:42 PM ET
Nine years to the day after an innocent Bronx immigrant was gunned down in a hail of NYPD gunfire, a new documentary about the tragic 1999 circumstances premieres.
By FilmStew Staff, FilmStew.com
Among those in attendance at last night’s sold out premiere of the two-hour documentary 365 Days of Marching: The Amadou Diallo Story, held at Harlem’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture on Malcolm X Blvd., was the slain protagonist’s mother, Kadiatou. Though it can’t have been easy to sit through a dissection of the events of February 4th, 1999 and their tumultuous aftermath, she could at least console herself in the fact that by remembering what happened to her son, perhaps it will help to avoid it happening again.
Previously, the plight of the 23-year-old Guinean Diallo, who though unarmed was gunned down by a NYPD quartet of plainclothes officers firing 41 rounds of ammunition, has been referenced in a number of fictional feature films. Movies like Spike Lee‘s 25th Hour, the Colin Farrell thriller Phone Booth and Alfonso Cuaron‘s 2006 futuristic thriller Children of Men. Now comes this second documentary, on the heels of the 2006 offering Death of Two Sons.
Among those participating in 365 Days are some of the people who took part in the weeks of subsequent daily protests, folks like Congressman Charles Rangel and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Donations are being solicited to help market the film.
“Generally, you will not see Muslims and Jews, Christians and laborers, students and professors all together,” writer-director-producer Veronica Keitt tells New York Public Radio of the demonstrations that took place after Diallo’s death. “It was just a dynamic time. A lot of people said it was a movement.”
In 2004, the parents of Diallo accepted a $3 million settlement from the City of New York. None of the officers involved in the shooting were charged.