‘The Hate U Give’ Inspires Youth To Find Their Voice. Here’s How More Kids Can See It.

Films can inspire us.

Films are sometimes just as timely and relevant as they are entertaining — and The Hate U Give is simply the latest example of that. To stress that point, 20th Century Fox and AMC Theaters have teamed up to make sure underserved and underrepresented youth get access to see the movie.

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The Hate U Give is based on the best-selling YA novel of the same name by Angie Thomas from 2017. The story follows a 16-year-old Black girl named Starr Carter — played by Amandla Stenberg on the big screen — who goes to a private school that is predominately White. Things change for Starr when she witnesses her childhood friend, who is also Black, get shot dead by a White police officer and she begins to utilize her voice to raise awareness about this social issue.

If this sounds anything like what is going on in America today, it's because it is representative of real-life police brutality and the unnecessary killing of Black people. Starr's activism story arc also draws parallels to how movements such as Black Lives Matter — or even the NFL protests inspired by Colin Kaepernick — have spoken out about the exact issues tackled with The Hate U Give.

By offering free screenings of The Hate U Give in major cities as well as allowing people to apply to bring the George Tillman Jr.-directed flick to their community, both 20th Century Fox and AMC Theaters see this movie as a "tool for driving empowerment, empathy, and dialogue," and are trying to "amplify the film's call for youth to find their voice and change the world."

As we've seen in recent years, film screenings have been embraced as a way to not only promote movies made for diverse audiences but also to inspire viewers. Thirteen-year-old Taylor Richardson ensured that Hidden Figures would be seen by girls interested in STEM; Frederick Joseph brought Black Panther to be seen by thousands of kids who couldn't afford a ticket; and Ava DuVernay took A Wrinkle in Time to Compton, California.

The Hate U Give joins these projects — and others — in creating change thanks to free screenings.

(H/T: Deadline | The Hollywood Reporter)

Cover image: 20th Century Fox

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