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Maria Hamilton and Erik Ljung in person! Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

The Blood is at the Doorstep

2017, Erik Ljung, USA, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Aug 10th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Aug 11th 3:00pm

On April 30, 2014, an unarmed 31-year-old Black man named Dontre Hamilton was rousted by a policeman for sleeping on the sidewalk outside a Starbuck's in downtown Milwaukee. The ensuing scuffle left Hamilton dead, shot 14 times. This lucid, compelling documentary covers the repercussions of the tragic event from all sides, as Hamilton's mother Maria and brother Nate fight to obtain justice, the African American community rallies to their cause, the police department struggles with calls for reform, and the case drags through a series of agonizing delays, disappointments, and qualified victories. Few films have treated the ongoing crisis over police shootings of African Americans with such thoroughness and immediacy. DCP digital. (MR)

Maria Hamilton and director Erik Ljung are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.

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