20th Century Fox Offering More Free Screenings of 'The Hate U Give' to Underserved Youth

The film company, along with AMC Theatres, will host up to 50 additional screenings in communities across the country for schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations.

20th Century Fox and AMC Theatres are teaming up to give underserved youth across the country an opportunity to see The Hate U Give, George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation of Angie Thomas’s best-selling novel of the same name. According to a press release, the entertainment companies hope the film can serve as a "tool for driving empowerment, empathy and dialogue."

The Hate U Give tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter — played by actress Amandla Stenberg — who lives in a black neighborhood but goes to a white private school. The balance between her two worlds tips when she witnesses her childhood friend die after being shot by a white police officer. Starr is then inspired to take a stand and use her voice in nationwide social movement, mirrored after Black Lives Matter.  

20th Century Fox and AMC hosted free screenings earlier this month in metro areas, including Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C., among other cities. Now, 50 additional free screenings are set to take place in communities across the country for schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations that can apply at screenings.thehateugive.com. Applications are due Oct. 22 and winners will be notified by Oct. 31.

The screenings are part of 20th Century Fox and AMC's campaign to "amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world."

Back in September, the film's lead star, Stenberg, shared the message she hopes audiences take away from The Hate U Give during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival. "Don't ever let nobody make you be quiet," she said. "We're living in a time where it's easy to silence yourself before other people even begin to silence you. It's easy to doubt your own voice. Don't be afraid of your own voice."

The Hate U Give hits theaters on Friday.