Coming to theatres tomorrow, Thursday, April 26:
THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP
Human Rights Watch, Traverse, Indie Memphis, Maryland, Salem, Freep
A family struggles in the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man diagnosed with schizophrenia.
After a Starbucks barista called the cops on Dontre Hamilton for loitering in a public park, he was shot 14 times. Police reports further marginalized Hamilton and spread falsehoods about his criminality. Outraged and in grief as they wait for the DA to bring charges against the officer, his family members organize for justice for Dontre and for other black lives lost to police violence. While hampered by a somewhat awkward title, Ljung’s film is a powerful, compelling look at a pressing, sadly still-topical issue, that benefits from a hyper focus on a single family’s efforts to make positive change out of tragedy.