The Trial 2015
Appropriating found footage from both legal dramas and Rachel Jeantel’s testimony during George Zimmerman's trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Trial (Rachel Jeantel) is part of an ongoing series exploring violence and mass media narratives within the highly gendered and racialized cinematic courtoom. Re-imagining the Zimmerman trial through a racial lens, my video highlights the ways in which predominantly white, male courtrooms silence black men and women by speaking over them, insisting on "colorblind" narratives or courtrooms, and pathologizing the black body and black subject. Alluding to the histories of other marginalized communities, the work illustrates the distance betweeen everyday justice and the mediated or illusory sense of justice engendered through mass media.
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