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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.
“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.”
Steven Zeitchik, The Los Angeles Times
“"3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" is a thought-provoking, mournful experience.”
Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
“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.”
Julian Mitchell, Huffington Post
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Kyle Smith, New York Post
“Director Marc Silver expertly interweaves the courtroom drama and its larger social and human implications.”
Kyle Smith, New York Post
Crystal Bell, MTV
“…tight and accomplished on all levels.”
“[A] harrowing exploration of criminal justice gone awry.”
“[A] shocking, moving and relatively unbiased account of the tragedy.”
“…a chilling, rigorously assembled documentary.”
"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"
Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
Festival & Awards
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