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Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story: Paramount Network Releases Docuseries Trailer, Sets July Premiere
Recounting the life and legacy of the young man whose 2012 shooting death divided the country and serve as the genesis for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the six-part original docu-series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to premiere on the Paramount Network on Monday, July 30th at 10 p.m. ET.
Spearheaded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and co-directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the project is based on Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Carter, Furst, Nason, Fulton, and Martin serves as executive producers alongside Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, and Nick Sandow.
17-year-old African American high school student Trayvon Martin was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in the Sanford, Florida, on February 26th, 2012, while visiting a friend with his father. Martin's assailant, George Zimmerman, used Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law to claim self-defense and was acquitted of second-degree murder. The reaction to the killing and subsequent trial would spark outrage and protests across the country; raising issues about racism, classism, police brutality, and gun control that the nation is still coming to terms with today.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story includes interviews, home videos, family photos, and news footage to separate fact from fiction and features a number of voices, including: Fulton, Martin, Donald Crump, Angela Rye, Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Carmelo Anthony.
Based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the six-part docuseries focuses on the killing of the Florida teenager that became a huge American talking point and helped spur the "Black Lives Matter" movement. The announcement comes on the six-year anniversary of his death.
The unarmed high school student was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Sanford, where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage. Rest in Power delves into the heart of the story, which the network says is more than a tragic narrative about a young man's life cut short — it's a story about race, politics, power, money and the U.S. criminal justice system.