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3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets Review

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In 2012, Florida teenager Jordan Davis was shot over a loud-music dispute. His killer, Michael Dunn, fled the scene then claimed self-defence.

★★★★

More ammo for the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2012, Florida teenager Jordan Davis was shot over a loud-music dispute. His killer, Michael Dunn, fled the scene then claimed self-defence. Was Davis armed? Or was Dunn in self-denial? With no CCTV footage available, the case came down to divisive eye-witness accounts.

Granted exclusive courtroom access, Marc Silver’s documentary places US justice in the dock as the trial is systematically whitewashed by a defence wilfully blind to Dunn’s racial prejudice. Silver, however, remains exceptionally clear-eyed: his cool, reserved style gathers into cold anger at what is, in effect, a 21st-century lynching. The result is a powerful, gripping and deeply shocking film, and a contemptuous critique of Florida’s stand-your-ground law.

Silver remains exceptionally clear-eyed. The result is a powerful, gripping and deeply shocking film, and a contemptuous critique of Florida’s stand-your-ground law.