In the United States, the powerful echo of "The hatred we give"

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Released on October 19 in more than 2000 American theaters and directed by George Tillman Jr., "The Hate U give" is the adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas, 30 years old.
Released on October 19 in more than 2000 American theaters and directed by George Tillman Jr., "The Hate U give" is the adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas, 30 years old. Erika Doss / Twentieth Century Fox 2018

Powerful writing and urgent subject, the book The Hate U Give, remained more than a year and a half in the best sales of literature "young adults" from its publication in February 2017, could only end up on the screen. The film adaptation of the novel (published in French in April by Nathan under the title The hatred we give) was released October 19 in 2,300 theaters in the United States. A coronation for the dazzling journey of a story born of the anger of a novice author, former student of literature at the University of Jackson, Mississippi.

The story told by Angie Thomas, 30 years old, however, has nothing of the fantasy or dream novelistic plot, often prized by the adolescent public. The Hate U Give (whose acronym, THUG – – "thug" -) refers to the phrase popularized by rapper 2Pac, THUG LIFE – The Hate U Give The Little Infants Fucks Everyone) more surely pours into the tragic news item and the political novel.

Multiple cases of racism

Starr, an African-American teenager whom her parents tried to protect from the violence of her neighborhood by enrolling her in an upscale high school in the city, witnesses the death of one of her childhood friends, shot dead by policeman during a road check. The work and film of George Tillman Jr, a clinical fidelity, embrace the consequences of this tragedy on the entire community and the awakening of the girl to political commitment. "Our color is the weapon they are afraid of" a young activist

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With accuracy and realism, interpreted by convincing actors, The Hate U Give, which will be released in January in France, echoes the many cases of this type that regularly plague the black American community. Dramas that boosted the Black Lives Matter movement.

The novel like the film describes the fear, anchored from a very young age, of a confrontation with the police and the recommendations repeated a thousand times by the parents: " Keep your hands where they can be seen. "

This dive into the news could have dissuaded readers and spectators, saturated with bad news. But the film's beginnings, yet compete with heavyweights like Halloween, Venom or At Star Is Born, seem to deny these fears. With nearly $ 20 million at the box office and almost unanimous critics, the startup is promising. A journey comparable to that of Angie Thomas's book, which over the months has been freed from the shelves reserved for young adults to attract a more diverse audience.

Beyond the political point of view, author Angie Thomas and director George Tillman Jr manage to take the reader-spectator closer to an African-American family caught between gang violence and their aspirations to join the class. average. They describe the fear, anchored from a very young age, of a confrontation with the police and the recommendations repeated a thousand times by the parents: "Keep your hands where they can be seen. " An instruction that Khalil, the young man from The Hate U Give, did not respect.

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Like her heroine, Angie Thomas was extracted from her deprived black neighborhood and educated ten minutes away in a private majority white school. With the idea of ​​avoiding "The high school where we get pregnant, where we get drugs, where we are killed", as summarized by Starr at the beginning of the book. Like her, the writer had to learn to coexist two worlds and "To change the codes" to be able to go from one to the other. This experience put at the service of literature is not everyone's taste. In several libraries across the country, including Texas and Missouri, the book was blacklisted on the grounds that he was talking about drugs and insults …

Stéphanie Le Bars

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