90 Minutes | HD | Color | USA | English | NR
Video On Demand and Digital HD on May 21st, 2021
As minority communities face the daily stranglehold of racial profiling, and police officers face relentless scrutiny by an anxious public, tensions mount as lines are being drawn in the sand. This conflict can only be broken by finding common ground with each other. L.O.V.E. Is The Answer!
Instances of racial profiling plague minority communities on a daily basis. Director, A.J. Ali is no stranger to this phenomenon. When he and his wife were targeted for harassment by police numerous times in Howard County, Maryland, he was forced to take a st and. Though his attempts at achieving justice through channels offered by the system went unrewarded, he refused to let go of the dream that a solution to the problem could be found. He went on a quest for truth and reconciliation, which led him to find living examples of love in action.
More than four years in the making, WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer presents proven action steps to bridge the painful gap between peace officers and the communities they serve. L.O.V.E. is an acronym best described in this pledge: I pledge to LEARN about the people in my community, to unconditionally OPEN my heart to their needs as if they were all immediate family members, to VOLUNTEER to be part of the solution in their life during both good and challenging times, and to EMPOWER everyone I meet to do the same as if our lives depended on each other. Featuring interviews with peace officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and others, the film offers an inspiring blueprint to end racial profiling, promote racial equity, and heal our communities.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
A.J. Ali is the Director, Writer & Producer of WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, an award-winning feature-length documentary film improving relations between police and the communities they serve, and helping people in general to learn how to love each other. He is the author of the book “L.O.V.E. Is The Answer.” People around the world are taking his L.O.V.E. Is The Answer pledge, which goes as follows: “I pledge to LEARN about the people in my community, to unconditionally OPEN my heart to their needs as if they were all immediate family members, to VOLUNTEER to be part of the solution in their life during both good and challenging times, and to EMPOWER everyone I meet to do the same as if our lives depended on each other.” In 2020, he made history by being the focus of a 7-page spread in the “Black History 365” textbook, for his L.O.V.E. Is The Answer work. The textbooks are being used by schools nationwide. He has produced, written and/or appeared in numerous media projects. He and his wife Jane have been joyously married for 27 years. He’s a service-disabled U.S. Air Force Veteran who continues to serve humanity by teaching principles of peace, love, and reconciliation.
Best Documentary | Garifuna Film Festival
Audience Favorite | Garifuna Film Festival
Fuel the movement: https://www.patreon.com/ajali
Trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lhwBZN7d70c