Jun 15 2015
GUEST: Marc Silver, Director of ‘3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets’.
On November 23, 2012, a 45-year-old white gun collector and software engineer named Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Florida, fired at least eight shots into a carful of teenagers after admonishing them about the volume of their music. The shots hit and killed one of the four boys in the car – 17-year-old Jordan Davis, an African-American boy.
Dunn reportedly said “I hate that ‘thug’ music” when he drove up alongside the car that Davis and his friends sat in. He justified his actions saying that he felt threatened when one of the car’s occupants brandished a shotgun. But police found no weapons in Davis’ car or in the surrounding area. The case shared many similarities with the shooting of Travyon Martin.
Eventually Dunn was convicted last October of first degree murder and is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Capturing the story of what happened is my guest, film maker Marc Silver. His documentary is called 3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets. The film premiered at premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact. Marc Silver is best known for his 2014 documentary with Gael Garcia Bernal, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” also a Sundance hit.
To learn more about the documentary go to www.takepart.com/minutes.
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