Poignant and personal, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” explains how his parents coped after the 17-year-old’s killing in 2012. They taught by transforming pain into activism.
The six-part documentary, debuting Monday on Paramount Network and BET, explores race, stand your ground law and media coverage. The program re-examines Trayvon’s fatal shooting by George Zimmerman in Sanford, the high-profile trial that ended with Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder and the start of the Black Lives Matter movement.
But the series always comes back to parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, whose anguish and resilience define the story. They are executive producers determined to tell Trayvon’s story. They tell their own as well, with help from admiring co-directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason.
“Time does not heal all wounds,” Fulton says. Martin wanted redemption for his son.