Whose Streets?

PBS Premiere: July 30, 2018Check the broadcast schedule »

Filmmaker Bios

Sabaah Folayan, Writer/Director, Producer

Sabaah Folayan is an activist and storyteller born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As an advocate at Rikers Island, Folayan interviewed incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma. She later helped organize the Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death. Folayan attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as a teenager and performed as a member of the Black Theatre Ensemble while a pre-med student at Columbia University. In September 2014, she went to Ferguson, Missouri, with cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Whose Streets? landed her a spot on Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Folayan recently directed an episode of Get Schooled, a web series from Glamour magazine's Girl Project presented by Maybelline. She was a 2015 Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow, 2016 Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab Fellow and 2016 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.

Damon Davis, Co-Director/Producer 

Damon Davis is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis. Davis has work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. His work as the founder of independent music and art imprint Far Fetched has been widely recognized, and Davis has received the Riverfront Times MasterMind Award and Best Hip Hop Producer S.L.U.M. Fest Award. The documentary short A Story To Tell, which profiles Davis, won an Emmy Award. Filmmaker Magazine selected Davis as one of its "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2016. Davis was a 2015 Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow at Skywalker Sound. Whose Streets? is his first feature-length documentary.