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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