Defining US Documentary Premieres at Toronto Black Film Festival During Black History Month

Stacey DeWitt, Defining US Director and Executive Producer

In the spring of 2015, I asked a fifteen-year-old Black student what he wanted me to know about him. “I want you to know I’m not a monster,” he whispered. It was a haunting answer that left me speechless. What kind of world have we created that compels a 15-year boy to describe himself with the words, “I’m not a monster?” I couldn’t shake the question or avoid the answer.