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Hold Your Fire


In 1973 Brooklyn, Shu’aib Raheem and three other young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense were cornered for 47 hours by the NYPD, the longest siege in its history. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” – and save a dozen hostages from a violent bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and eye-opening interviews, HOLD YOUR FIRE has the potential to revolutionize American policing, saving lives using words, not guns.


Festival Participation

  • Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film - 2020
    Winner, Best Documentary
  • DOC NYC - 2021
    Metropolis Grand Jury Prize
  • Emmy Awards Nominee - 2023
    Emmy Awards Nominee, Outstanding Crime and Justice Documentary
  • Humanitas Award - 2023
    Nominee, Documentary Film
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2022
    Nominee, Best Documentary
  • Toronto International Film Festival - 2021

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