“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets”

On Wednesday, February 10th the Ivy Film Festival and React to Film presented a free screening of the documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets”, directed by Marc Silver. This documentary examines the racial implications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and the shooting of the unarmed black teen Jordan Davis. Following the screening, there was a moderated discussion with Professor of Criminology Stefano Bloch, Founder of “Rhymes with Reason” Austin Martin, Modern Culture and Media Concentrator Lisa Francois, and Africana Studies PH.D. student Amanda Boston. The panel began with a discussion on how to interpret the events depicted in this movie. Each person walked the audience through both their initial emotional reaction and put the events in a greater context. They did so by giving their own personal anecdotes about how racial prejudice, discrimination, and violence has played a role in shaping who they are today. Everything from Professor Bloch’s experiences with violence as a teen to Martin struggling with the notion that he would be judged simply for expressing himself through style and fashion furthered the messages of the film. The panelists helped show that the events shown in “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” are not an anomaly, and are felt by people all around the country — even here on Brown’s campus.

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