You cannot just go about, if it’s once or twice you can say it’s an accident or a coincidence, but when you have as large a population of murdered young men in the streets of America and they’re all black or of African American descent, I think there is somebody sending us a message. And we should respond to that message.
In the first seconds of the film we spot a very familiar face. "Creed" actor Michael B. Jordan.In a disclosed letter to Essence Magazine, the 29 year-old actor made his views on the Black Lives Matter movement utterly clear for those who had any question or doubt.
First and foremost, I believe that Black Lives Matter - unequivocally and without exception. I have never said, written, snapchatted, tweeted, Instagrammed or implied anything to the contrary. Any report that states otherwise is a complete fabrication. I portrayed Oscar Grant in my first leading role in a feature film, Fruitvale Station. I am a founding member of the Blackout for Human Rights Network. I gave a speech just a few months ago on the importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement at the BET Awards. It is frustrating to see a false claim stirred up on social media which has caused my supporters to question where I stand on this crucial issue. But I am confident that my history and continued engagement with my community will speak louder than unfounded rumors.Not just a face, Jordan is very active in the movement, but it is indeed his expression at the beginning of "Against The Wall" that sets the tone for the film. His vacant stare, confused eyebrows, and significant but small facial gestures evoke a feeling of defeat and confusion. The theme stays true throughout the short with the same look in the eyes of the featured faces that follow Jordan. The audio in the background plays back 911 calls, police radio, and news reports of the events that transpired and resulted in the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, and Terence Crutcher.