Collider is excited to show you the first trailer for The Walk, an upcoming drama that takes place during the 1970s forced integration of Boston schools by the courts.
The movie looks at the social tensions that arose when black students were allowed to go to the same schools as white people. It is also a harsh reminder of the institutional segregation in the U.S. not too long ago.
The trailer takes us back to 1974 when Judge Wendell Arthur Garrity Jr. made it a law that Boston’s schools had to stop being segregated. This meant poor black and white neighbourhoods had to send their kids to schools in other districts.
The action led to several protests and worsened things between different races in the area. The black community in Boston said that busing students was not enough to solve the complicated problem of racial segregation.
The white community in Boston complained that black students were in their children’s schools.
The Walk is about a Boston Irish cop named Bill Coughlin, played by Justin Chatwin, who is sent to protect Black High school students who are being bused into all-white neighborhoods. As we can see from the trailer, Bill’s job makes him think about segregation and forces him to fight other police officers who are against it.
Terrence Howard, Lovie Simone, Katie Douglas, Anastasiya Mitrunen, Jeremy Piven, and Malcolm McDowell also have roles in The Walk.
Daniel Adams directed the movie based on a script he and George Powell wrote together. Adams said this about the message behind The Walk:
“At first glance, ‘The Walk’ is about racism, bigotry, and how tribalism hurts people. But I beg the audience to look a little deeper and, hopefully, see a more basic truth about people, which is that we always resist change. The universe changes all the time. Change can’t be stopped. And people always suffer because we don’t want to accept this change.”
The Walk has the following plot:
After he is sent to protect black high school students who are bused into all-white South Boston High during the court-ordered forced integration of the Boston School System in 1974, Bill Coughlin, a Boston Irish cop, has to deal with a lot of social pressure in his neighborhood and a lot of racism within the police force.
As a result of the political and social fallout, there was brutal violence and protests all over the city. The movie is also about Wendy Robinson, a black student who is 18 years old, and her father, Lamont, who are both very brave and morally strong people.
And the story of Kate, Bill’s 17-year-old daughter, whose racism disappears when she sees Wendy and Lamont doing something brave. All three levels unite on that fateful first day of school, when all three people’s lives are changed forever.