• Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Sarah Mbiki
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Traci Royster
  • Fidel Leal
  • Ray Christian
  • Guin Thi

4 and a Half Minutes

December 8, 2014

A documentation of a student-organized #BlackLivesMatter solidarity demonstration held on Appalachian State University’s campus December 8, 2014.

About this video

This video was created to document #BlackLivesMatter activism on Appalachian State University’s campus. #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations on our campus included silent “die in/lie in” components, during which the demonstrators lay on the ground and in some cases their bodies were chalked around by other demonstrators. These “die-ins” lasted four-and-a-half minutes to symbolize the four-and-a-half hours Michael Brown's body lay on the ground after he was shot in Ferguson, Mo.

The video is a silent, four-and-a-half minute piece. The black and white format was chosen both as a tribute to the black and white documentary footage of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and also an acknowledgement that our country still struggles with the same issues. The silent format places a strong emphasis on the visuals and invites the viewer to provide her or his own narrative to a movement that is taking place nationwide.

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