3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Marc Silver

Electrifying documentary thriller about Afro-Americanteenager Jordan Davis who is shot dead after a discussion about his loud music.The filmmakers reconstruct the events with interviews, phone conversations andhome video's, resulting in a collage on the huge divide in the United Stateswith regard to gun ownership and racism.

November 23, 2012. 45-year old Michael Dunn reprimands17-year-old Jordan Davis and his friends about their loud music in a gasstation parking lot. The argument escalates, Dunn allegedly feels threatenedand fires ten shots. This story of a white male murdering an African-Americanteen gives rise to many questions. In court, Dunn testifies that he saw aweapon during the confrontation. This leads to two takes on the shooting:either Dunn acted in self-defence, or he is a hotheaded racist.

Attempting to uncover the truth, filmmaker Marc Silverintersperses courtroom footage with a plethora of background materialrepresenting both parties. A conversation with Davis' parents at their kitchentable alternates with Dunn's collect calls from prison. 911 recordings fromthat fateful day serve as the voice-over for footage of the crime scene,including closed-circuit TV footage from the gas station. We even get to watchDunn's police interrogation. The two versions of what happened increasinglyintertwine, resulting in a collage on the huge divide in the US on guns,vigilantism and racism.


Marc Silver
Orlando Bagwell, Su Patel
Country of production
United States
98 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Motto Pictures
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