On February 26, 2012, about seven o'clock in the evening, Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old black man, had left a shop and was walking along a street in Sanford, Florida.

He wore a hooded sweatshirt over his head and had a drink and a package of sweets in his hand.

Nothing strange.

According to George Zimmerman, a member of the local Neighborhood Watch, however, the boy was so suspicious of report it to the police by calling 911, follow him with the car, get off and shoot him.

Arrested in court, Zimmerman claimed self-defense, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law (which states that people are not forced to retreat from the conflict) and has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Watch the trailer for the Jay-Z produced Trayvon Martin documentary The terrible story that became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement | Image 1
Watch the trailer for the Jay-Z produced Trayvon Martin documentary The terrible story that became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement | Image 0

The incident sparked protests across the country and kicked off the #BlackLivesMatter movement, fueling a global discussion of police brutality and the unjustified killing of a black man.

Among the many to join the demonstrations, there were also Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who compared Trayvon "alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis" and decided to produce a six-part docu-series about his tragic story.

Watch the trailer for the Jay-Z produced Trayvon Martin documentary The terrible story that became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement | Image 0

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, aired on July 30th by Paramount Network, will be based on a Trayvon parents' book entitled Rest in Power: The Enduring Life by Trayvon Martin and will feature interviews with the family, videos private and photos. Furthermore, the project will explore both the case of the assassination and the wider implications it has had on "race, politics, power, money and the criminal justice system".

In the trailer just released we hear the sound of a police call made by Martin's father, Tracy Martin, to present the report of a missing person, followed by the audio of the call to 911 by the man who shot and killed the teenager, George Zimmerman. Then come the words of Martin's father "You choose to grieve or you choose to fight", but also those of the NBA star Carmelo Anthony who says "Trayvon has become the face of our community, we have to go to war for him".

Rest In Power: Trayvon Martin Story will also include the participation of Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Rye, Angela Davis and Carmelo Anthony, the family lawyer Martin Donald Crump. deepening on the criminal investigation in the investigation, trial, and the verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman.