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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Marc Silver / United States / 2015 / 98 ' / English


Emiliano Battista & Gideon Gold
Marc Silver
Todd Boekelheide
Carolyn Hepburn & Minette Nelson
Candescent Films
Motto Pictures
Participant Media

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, 2015
Winner: RiverRun International Film Festival, 2015

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

3 1/2 MINUTES chronicles the racialized murder of 17-year old Jordan Davis and the subsequent trial of the white assailant.


In 3½ MINUTES, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defence. Thus began the long journey of un-ravelling the truth. 3½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.


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