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3½ MINUTES, 10 BULLETS

Director: MARC SILVER

98 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital


This film was released on Friday 2nd October 2015 and is no longer screening. 

On the evening of November 23rd, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida, African-American teenager Jordan Davis was shot ten times by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old Caucasian man who objected to the loud music Jordan and his friends were playing in their car while parked at a gas station. Claiming that he acted in self-defence when he saw Davis produce a shotgun, Dunn’s legal team invoked Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ laws which allow for the possibility of legally killing another person that the killer believes might pose a lethal threat. Director Marc Silver observes the ensuing court proceedings with a sober detachment, maintaining his restrained approach as Dunn is initially acquitted of first degree murder, and as Davis’ increasingly frayed parents begin a lengthy appeal process.

Admirably controlled given the explosive material, Silver’s film nevertheless simmers with a quiet anger that is impossible to suppress. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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