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The six-part series, titled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, will provide a “definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade” while also highlighting the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing issue of police brutality. The project is based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by the teenager’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Jay Z executive produced the series alongside Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Nick Sandow. Jay has become one of the most prominent figures within the BLM movement and has consistently shown his support for the Martin family throughout the six years since Trayvon’s murder.
“We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” Jay said during the 2018 Peace Walk & Peace Talk rally. “His name will sit alongside some of the greats whom lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Ghandis; that’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.”
The screening of Rest in Power will take place April 20 at NYC's BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. To learn more about the event, including ticket information, go to the Tribeca Film Festival's official website.