‘What Matters’: Documenting the Fight for Racial Equality in Zanesville

Screenshot taken from WOUB’s ‘What Matters’ video. Photo: Doug Swift/WOUB Public Media

This film documents the activism for racial equality in Zanesville, Ohio, following the murder of George Floyd.

Like many small, rural towns in Ohio, the size of protests and vigils was unprecedented in recent times, and began conversations about systemic iniquities. As was the case in other small towns, organizers faced constant pushback on social media and in person.

This pushback is represented in the film by the work of a street artist who incorporates Black Lives Matter into one of her murals; the words are defaced repeatedly. However, the artist, like the organizers, continues her work, returning each time to the mural to not only repair the defacement, but to evolve the artwork.

This film is about one Appalachian town’s tumultuous summer, and its quest to know what really matters.

This video was originally published by WOUB Public Media.

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