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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.

Running Time: 95 min.
Subject(s): African American Studies, American History, Crime, Law and Justice, Personal Story, Social Justice, Society
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Fab 5 Freddy, Amir Soltani, Tia Wou
Cinematographer: Stefan Forbes
Editor(s): Stefan Forbes
Production Company: Interpositive Media


Festival Participation

  • DOC NYC - 2021
    Metropolis Grand Jury Prize
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2022
    Best Documentary Nominee
  • Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival - 2021

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