Where the Pavement Ends. 2018. USA. Directed by Jane Gillooly. 85 min.
In 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, was put on the national map when Michael Brown was shot by a police officer and subsequent protests erupted there. Yet prior to this incident the story of Ferguson, a formerly whites-only “sundown town,” and the neighboring black town of Kinloch, now semi-abandoned, was not well known. Incorporating reflections of residents from Ferguson and Kinloch, director Gillooly (who grew up in Ferguson) presents a collage-like blending of images, audio, and archival material, depicting a micro-history of race relations in America. The film makes clear that supposedly antiquated attitudes and institutional policies that reflected America’s deeply embedded racism remain very much with us today.