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 boys, killing Davis almost instantly.
The seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary film 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS 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’s parents’ wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom.
While Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott and Freddy Gray’s stories join a wretched, enduring cycle in the American social narrative, 31/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS portrays Davis’s murder and its aftermath and shows how insidious racism can be.
Instead, the intimate camera particularizes each character as singular, as if to say: The more we see each other as human beings, the less inevitable will be violent outcomes from racial bias and disparate cultures colliding.
Directed by Marc Silver, the film won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the RiverRun Film Festival. 31/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS will open theatrically beginning June 19th in New York followed by a national release.
Séverine has always been a movies lover. After studying film and media both in Paris, France and in California (UCSB), she became a videomaker. Fan of visual images, she co-created HolaHollywood with Dulce Osuna, where she can give substance to her thirst for film and TV.