Acclaimed Documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” Questions Racism In The Shooting Death Of Jordan Davis


June 22, 2017 — On November 23, 2012, 4 black teenagers (Jordan Davis, Tommie Stornes, Leland Brunson and Tevin Thompson) drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida to get gum and cigarettes. They were playing rap music, which annoyed 45-year-old Michael Dunn, a white man who was parked next to them.

Jordan Davis, 17 years old, refused to turn down the music when asked, and he and Dunn got into an argument.

Dunn then opened fire on the unarmed teenagers, shooting into the car 10 times. Jordan Davis was hit three times and died.

Dunn drove off but was taken into custody the day after the incident. Legal proceedings, including appeals, took place until November of 2016. Michael Dunn was found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets intercuts footage of the trial, the police interrogation, phone recordings made from jail (mostly from Dunn to his fiancée), and interviews with Davis family and friends, many of whom have become activists following the killing. Over 200 hours of footage was used, and an attempt is made to recreate the night of the incident.

Director Marc Silver has used the incident to explore Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and how it is affected by racial profiling and the easy access to guns.

The film won numerous awards, including the Social Impact Award at Sundance, which stated “If you have paid any attention to the news, you know that we are a nation in crisis. As a jury, we feel that it is important to recognize a film that because of the close collaboration between the filmmakers and their subjects, lets the audience examined that crisis, lets the audience considered the consequences of that crisis, and invites us all to consider this very difficult question: why are young black men so often the objects of fear? This documentary matters.”

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is available on DVD and Blu-ray.


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