After a five year old boy, Eric, refuses to steal candy for two older boys, ages ten and eleven, a struggle ensues and the little boy falls from the 14th window of any apartment in a housing project.
Two teenage boys, Lloyd Newman and LeAlan Jones who are interested in a career in radio, audition with National Public Radio to make a documentary about the ghetto in which they live where the young boy died. The producer, David, impressed with their determination, strong interest and tenacity ,decides to give them a trial which results in them being hired.
Despite the opposition they encounter, the boys set out to tell the true story of “life in the ghetto”, including their own lives, the good and the bad. They record their daily routine, the people they encounter, describing the neighborhood, and the drive-by shooting they are almost caught in.
They interview family and friends who talk about those they know who have died in gangfights, as the result of drug use and alcoholism, drive-by shootings, and other forms of violence.
Not satisfied with the “official” account of Eric’s death, Lloyd and LeAlan decide, with David’s approval, to make another documentary about the incident. They attempt to interview people in the ghetto but no one is willing to talk with them. Their determination to pursue the truth finally reveals the true circumstances of the boy’s death.
“Our America” is based on the true story of two teenage African American teens from the ghetto whose friendship, loyalty, hard work, and moral sense of truth and right and wrong, result in accomplishing something that no one else is interested in, or willing to work on. Against all odds, they are about to learn the truth about the circumstances of Eric’s death.