Before Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, the headline-making killing of Trayvon Martin and the death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police officers, there was the shocking 2010 shooting of Kofi Adu Brempong, a disabled Ghanaian graduate student attacked by University of Florida campus police responding to a 911 call.
“A terrifying film, not merely for its powerful depiction of the near-fatal shooting of Kofi Adu-Brempong…but for unveiling the routine character of racist, militarized violence.” – Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA; author of Yo’Mama’s DisFunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
The powerful documentary, IN HIS OWN HOME, recounts the events of that fateful March day and their aftermath: we watch live video of the police attack on Kofi’s apartment; we hear accounts of those who marveled at the number of snipers “ready to shoot at any time” as they surrounded the apartment of a lone student, as well as from fellow students who attest to Kofi’s peaceful demeanor; and, we hear from police officers who explain how they felt threatened and had to shoot. And, in the aftermath, we bear witness to the administration’s shortcomings and the students and community activists who demand justice.
Underlining an ongoing pattern of racism and police brutality, as well as the frightening “militarization” of campuses nationwide, IN HIS OWN HOME speaks to widespread and pervasive issues in our country that will, for the time being, remain among our most controversial and disconcerting.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
- Award for Best Local Film, 2015 Cinema Verde Film Festival
- Best Documentary Short Award, 2015 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
- Short Film Special Recognition Award, 2015 (In)Justice for All Film Festival
- Official Selection, (In)Justice for All Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, Africa World Documentary Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, Cinema Verde Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, St. Louis Black Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (2015)
- Official Selection, Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (2014)
31 minutes + bonus on 1 disc / 2015 / 16×9 / 5.1 / Directed by Malini Johar Schueller
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