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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets


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, alongside the wrenching experiences of Jordan Davis’ parents.


  • Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
  • Steven Zeitchik, The Los Angeles Times
    “With its intimate portrayal of a tragedy that echoes the killings of unarmed black men around the country, “3 1/2 Minutes” offers a tale as emotional as it is topical.”
  • Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
    “"3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" is a thought-provoking, mournful experience.”
  • Julian Mitchell, Huffington Post
    “3 ½ Minutes masterfully unites the narratives of all sides to place a cinematic microscope on the destructive nature of the nation's deadliest social disease.”
  • Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post
    “Director Marc Silver expertly interweaves the courtroom drama and its larger social and human implications.”
  • Crystal Bell, MTV
  • Variety
    “…tight and accomplished on all levels.”
  • Indiewire
    “[A] harrowing exploration of criminal justice gone awry.”
  • The Guardian
    “[A] shocking, moving and relatively unbiased account of the tragedy.”
  • Grantland
    “…a chilling, rigorously assembled documentary.”
  • Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
    "Silver's film is a superbly crafted documentary...a stunning and objective piece of documentary filmmaking...gorgeously quiet and allows for as much breathing room as possible...Marc Silver is at the top of his game here"

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival - 2015
    Special Jury Prize and Grand Jury Prize
  • Zurich Film Festival - 2015
    Best International Documentary Film
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival - 2015
    Sheffield Youth Jury Award
  • RiverRun International Film Festival - 2015
    Audience Choice Award
  • Jerusalem Film Festival - 2015
    Best Documentary
  • AFI DOCS - 2015
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2015

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