The first trailer for Jay Z‘s documentary on Kalief Browder is here and it is as troubling as you would expect.
Browder’s story is one of the most tragic ones you will ever hear. As a teen, he was falsely accused of robbing someone which led to him being questioned by the NYPD. After telling police he did not commit the crime, he was led to believe that he would be allowed to go home, but he was never released. Instead, he was jailed for three years on Rikers Island, in solitary confinement, despite never actually being convicted of any crime. In his three years there he was constantly attacked by other prisoners and often the guards.
When he was finally released in 2013, he struggled to adjust to civilian life and wound up committing suicide just two years later.
Jay Z, though his partnership with the Weinstein Company, is bringing Browder’s story to television with the documentary TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. It will be a six-part series that will include interviews with Browder’s mother, family members and friends. There will also be interview footage of Browder himself as well as reenactments of events in his life.
The first two parts of the documentary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and the entire series will begin showing on Spike TV in January.
Check out the first trailer below.