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TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

  • Premiered: 
    March 1, 2017
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  • Network: Spike
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Jay Z, TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY is a six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Browder was a 16-year-old high school student from the Bronx walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unthinkable three years in jail awaiting trial; two of those years in solitary confinement. The case never went to trial and the chargers were ultimately dropped. After his release from Rikers Island, he took his own life. His story and the challenges it poses to understanding American freedoms are at the heart of the event series. The series features first-person accounts, archival footage, re-creations and exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers. The series opens with Kalief's deposition, which proves to be treacherous when he is forced to answer questions about his troubled past.
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Spike premiered "The After Life," the finale of TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY. Family tensions are high when Kalief's estranged father tries to take over the case and settlement negotiation. Kalief's mother, Venida, fights depression and bad health but suffers a massive heart attack, dying at the hospital.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Weinstein Company