ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A new Black Lives Matter-inspired film will be shown for free on Friday, thanks to the efforts of activist groups in Charlottesville.

The initiative began about two weeks ago and funds for the $2,000 buyout were raised in only six days. 

The film “The Hate U Give” will be shown for free on Friday at the Regal Stonefield. The movie is about a young girl who watches her best friend get killed by a police officer.

When Bellamy Shoffner with Hold The Line found out the film would be showing at the Albemarle theater, she knew it was an important movie that people needed to see.

Along with Charlottesville One Book and Hate Free Schools Coalition, Shoffner raised the funds to buy out the theater.

“I think for me it’s most important as the mom of black sons,” Shoffner said. “It’s really important that everyone be interested and everyone be invested because that’s the best way to protect him.”

The film will be shown at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. A community discussion will be held at Grit Coffee after the movie.

The theater holds 150 people and more than half of those seats are already filled. Hopeful attendees must email before the event.

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