Many movies run from reality. Not “The Hate U Give.”
Shot in Atlanta and starring Amandla Stenberg and Atlanta’s own Algee Smith, “The Hate U Give,” adapted from Angie Thomas’ New York Times best-selling young adult novel of the same name, takes on the major issues of police killings, gun violence and Black Lives Matter directly impacting the black community.
Some of these are issues Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms admitted to affecting her own family as she helped kick off the film’s Atlanta premiere screening at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Oct. 3. (The film opened last week in Atlanta ahead of its Oct. 19 national release.)