Youtube just released the trailer for the documentary series, Resist, from artist, political strategist, co-founder & Executive Director of Black Lives Matter – Patrisse Cullors. The series is being released exclusively on Cullors’ Youtube channel on November 18 and is part of YouTube’s $100M #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which is dedicated to amplifying the varied and dynamic stories of Black creators and artists. The project is produced by Blackpills and Pulse Films and will be distributed by Wild Bunch Television. Executive Producers are Patrisse Cullors, Dream Hampton, Mervyn Marcano, Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford, Robin Frank, Tani Ikeda, Kai Bowe, Davey Spens, Clara Levy and Philipe Haim.
Los Angeles County’s 2018 3.5 billion jail expansion plan is the focus of Cullors’ 12- episode documentary, investigating the issues of cash bail, unlawful arrest, over-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and mass incarceration. Resist offers a moving look into the motivations and daily struggles of the movement workers on the ground, featuring incredibly inspiring stories from; Patrisse Cullors, members of JusticeLA including Jayda Rasberry of Dignity and Power Now, Helen Jones of Dignity and Power Now and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Bamby Salcedo of TransLatina Coalition, and Johnathan Perez of Immigrant Youth Coalition.
Cullors speaks on the documentary saying, “Resist recognizes those who have worked tirelessly to bring transparency, accountability and necessary alternatives to LA County’s criminal legal system, this series is more timely than ever with LA County’s recent victories — with Gascon taking the DA race, Measure J being passed, the defeat of Proposition 25, and the incredible Yes on 17 win. I am proud that our local organizing work has had so much impact, while we should celebrate and reflect, we still have much to do. These milestones are stepping stones to shaping a better system not only in the largest jailer in the world, but for the entire country. This is just the beginning, but I am optimistic on what is yet to come.”
In 2013, Patrisse Cullors set Twitter ablaze after she sparked the hashtag that has formed into the Black Lives Matter Movement. Through her work on fighting anti-black racism via BLM, Cullors was recognized as Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2020” and Time Magazine’s 2020 “100 Women of the Year”. Cullors became a New York Times bestseller when she released her memoir When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir in 2016.