Where the Pavement Ends
“Where the Pavement Ends” explores the charged relationship between the historically all-black town of Kinloch and its formerly all-white neighbor Ferguson. Kinloch is now essentially a ghost town, emptied of almost all of its residents when the nearby Lambert Airport offered buyouts during its expansion, and it’s become eerily pastoral, an aspect revealed in the fim’s recurrent drives down the abandoned streets. One of those streets, Suburban Avenue, serves as the documentary’s ground zero: Kinloch was essentially fenced off from its white neighbors, and there was an actual blockade on Suburban to prevent convenient access to Ferguson. “Where the Pavement Ends” unpacks the unequal nature of the two communities — and Ferguson’s racist roots — by focusing on the avenue and later implicitly comparing it to Canfield Drive, the street on which Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. Director Jane Gillooly, herself a Ferguson native, interviews former Kinloch residents — whose words are often heard in voice-over — and makes deft use of recordings and written materials from a federal study on Kinloch/Ferguson from the civil-rights era.
Film CategoryLeon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight
SubjectClass Issues Human Rights Legal Issues
Movie Friends of the Ethical Society of St. Louis
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