Some say racism was the driving factor behind the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, others say the availability of firearms, or the permissiveness of Stand Your Ground laws, but the film “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” seems to suggest all three.
The film reconstructs the night Michael Dunn opened fire on a car full of black teens near a Florida gas station on Black Friday in 2012. A dispute over loud music escalated and Dunn saw one of the boys point a shotgun at him, so he grabbed his gun, fired 10 shots, killing Davis, and then fled. Although Dunn claimed he fired in self-defense, police found no shotgun and arrested Dunn the next day.
“3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy,” the filmmakers say.
The film, directed by Marc Silver, looks at how the family grapples 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.