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The Hard Stop

George Amponsah / United Kingdom / 2015 / 85 ' / English


James Devlin & Michael Aaglund
Dionne Walker

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THE HARD STOP contextualizes the UK #BlackLivesMatter movement, moving past riot headlines and into the community affected by the police killing of Mark Duggan.


In August 2011, 29 year old Mark Duggan was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham. This incident ignited a riot that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest in recent British history.

THE HARD STOP is essentially an observational documentary that follows the progress of two of Mark Duggan’s childhood friends over the course of 24 months as they deal with bereavement, imprisonment and unemployment, whilst the journalistic debate about who exactly their friend Mark Duggan was and the judicial inquiry into his killing plays out as a news story in the background.

The film employs observational video, imaginative use of news archive, iconic cinematography and a compelling music soundtrack to put Marcus and Kurtis’s experience up on the big screen—and by doing so, tell Mark Duggan’s story.


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