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Movie Review: “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets”

This powerful documentary chronicles the murder of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a Florida gas station for playing his music too loudly.  The film (directed by Marc Silver) gives a glimpse into the aftermath that this tragedy has on the family of the victim, and the role laws like “Stand Your Ground” play in the senseless killing of human beings. 

I found the film both compelling and moving. Silver expertly guides us back and forth from the trial to the lives of Jordan’s parents, family and friends. Stitched in between, you hear the cold jail house recordings of the man on trial for Jordan’s murder as he discusses with his girlfriend (who was a key witness to the shooting) what happened and his motive for shooting Davis. It is very clear, in his own words, that Michael Dunn is not only in denial of the crime he committed in shooting into a car of unarmed teenagers, but he is also in denial of who he is as a person. It’s not surprising to hear the words that come from his mouth as he describes his impression of the teens who had pulled up to the gas station around the same time as he did playing their “rap crap”, and his justification for killing Davis as if he had done the world a service by ridding it of one more young black man. However, it is extremely sad when you realize that Mr. Dunn is not an anomaly, and that there are many others out there like him who may want to examine this stereotyped image of danger that the “Young Black Male” personifies to them.

GeekGirl World was fortunate enough to get an exclusive interview with film director Marc Silver. He was very gracious to share his thoughts with us on making this socially conscious film, and the dialogue that he hopes will spark from audiences viewing it.

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is in theaters now.

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