Street Fight

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Released 2005

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2005
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Street Fight is a documentary that profiles the mayoral race of Newark, New Jersey in 2002. Newcomer Cory Booker, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1997, attempts to unseat incumbent Sharpe James, who has been in office for 16 years. Booker aims to expose the deviousness and corruption that exudes from the mayor's office. James' style of politics is of the old-school: he uses any means necessary to browbeat and coerce support. Tensions run high between the new-school and the old guard as the battle for the city of Newark takes shape. Street Fight's aim is noble and true but it stumbles upon another issue that plagues Newark and many other black communities. During the campaign, Sharpe James claims that Booker is not "really black" because of his extensive education and background. Street Fight covers a plethora of issues; government corruption, the inner workings of politics and "blackness" in urban communities. The battle for the support of the people is documented along the way.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    The story that first-time feature filmmaker Curry tells is extremely compelling, but where he really scores is in addressing politics and race in a way that allows events to speak ...

  • 80

    Variety

    Curry's courage in the face of police harassment and what seems a very real threat of something worse is amazing.

  • 75

    Boston Globe

    Properly told, political underdog stories are as compelling as pratfalls from banana peels are funny. Each is timeless and carries an integrity impervious to cynicism.

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    African-American Heritage, Culture, Politics