On Black Friday 2012, four African-American teenagers stopped at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. One of them, Jordan Davis, argued with Michael Dunn, a white man parked beside them, over the volume of music playing in their car. The altercation turned to tragedy when Dunn fired 10 bullets at the unarmed teens, killing Davis almost instantly. This seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary film explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense laws by weaving Dunn’s trial with a chorus of citizen and pundit opinions, and with Jordan Davis’ parents’ wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom. This intimate story of unnecessary loss in the face of insidious racism promotes seeing one another as human beings, with the hope that compassion will lessen the inevitability of racial bias, disparity and violence.
Winner, Special Jury Award for Social Impact, Sundance Film Festival
“Director Marc Silver expertly interweaves the courtroom drama and its larger social and human implications.”- New York Post
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BUEI’s Oceans gift shop, or by calling 294-0204.