Posted by | Ray Cornelius

HBO has released the official trailer for the riveting new documentary “Baltimore Rising,” which debuts on Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m. EST.

In the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Baltimore was a city on the edge. Peaceful protests and destructive riots erupted in the immediate aftermath of Gray’s death, while the city waited to hear the fate of the six police officers involved in the incident, reflecting the deep divisions between authorities and the community — and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.

Directed by Sonja Sohn (one of the stars of the HBO series The Wire), “Baltimore Rising” follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard.

“When the uprising occurred [in 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody], I saw an opportunity to tell the city’s story from a different vantage point. I kept hearing from everybody that we need to reframe our narrative. It just seemed that I was in the right place at the right time,” said Sohn.

“Baltimore Rising” also puts a spotlight on a few activists including Genard “Shadow” Barr, Makayla Gilliam-Price, Dayvon Love and Kwame Rose.

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