Watch the Moving Trailer for Jay Z’s Kalief Browder Documentary
On Oct. 6, Jay Z and Weinstein Television announced their upcoming six-part documentary TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, which is coming to Spike TV in March. Today (Dec. 15), Spike releases the trailer on YouTube.
The film, which will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January before making its way to Spike TV, follows the story of a 16-year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years in prison at Rikers Island without ever being convicted of any crime.
The moving trailer opens as Browder is being interrogated, for a crime he didn't commit, at a Bronx police station on May 25, 2010. As aforementioned, you can watch the remainder of the moving clip above via YouTube.
During his time at Rikers Island, Browder was forced to endure over 1,000 days of solitary confinement. He committed suicide just two years after being released from prison.
Browder’s story has motivated many people to re-evaluate America’s prison system, and Jay Z took it upon himself to tell the fallen young man’s story. Hov met Browder some time after his release and was hurt when he learned that Browder had taken his own life. In a press conference this past October, Jay explained that he believed Browder was a sort of hero.
“I look at Kalief Browder as a modern day prophet. Our prophets come in many different shapes, forms, or mediums,” Jay explained. “This young man just by the fact that he brought all of us here today lets you know how powerful of a soul he was.”
The docu-series begins March 1, 2017 at 10 p.m. Eastern on Spike TV. For more information about the film, you can head over to Kalief.spike.com.
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