Down A Dark Stairwell

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Category Winner, Crime & Conspiracy

Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system. 

When an Asian-American police officer shoots and fatally wounds an African-American man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and fractured calls for justice.

When the NYPD officer becomes the first to be convicted in a decade, the meaning of justice becomes complicated, pitting two marginalised communities against each another in a virulent fight against the system igniting the largest Asian-American protest in U.S. history. Even within each community, division occurs as to what is right and wrong.

Not solely a courtroom drama, the film captures the events of large-scale activism: street protests and clashes with authority. The quest of both families is a search for justice in a system which is wanting.



This film is a crucial document of Asian American history
Prof. Melissa Phruksachart, Medium.com

Timely, powerful, complex, and necessary viewing.
Andrew Parker, TheGate.ca

Auckland | Skycity Theatre
6 Jun 12:00 pm
Wellington | The Roxy
20 Jun 12:00 pm
Nationwide | Online
From 21 Jun - 11 Jul

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