The Blood Is at the Doorstep

Directed by Erik Ljung

After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds.


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  • ★★★★ review by Amanda Storey on Letterboxd

    This documentary focuses on the Hamilton family, who lost their son and brother Dontre in a less-publicized police-involved killing in Milwaukee three years ago. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP is another in a great lineup of documentaries this year about the ripple effects of police brutality in marginalized communities.

  • ★★★★ review by oscarharding on Letterboxd

    What can I say that hadn't been said a thousand times before by people more eloquent and informed than me? This documentary could be about any of the countless innocent African Americans shot dead in the last few decades and be the same.

    This is a tender documentary that expertly tracks the Hamilton family, and city of Milwaukee, in real time. It feels intimate and observant- what we see on camera is enough to enrage you and break your heart. This film works so well because it just feels so personal.

  • ★★★★ review by Jeremy Burgess on Letterboxd

    [Seen at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival]

    “There’s mental health issues within our own ranks as well.”

    Powerful stuff, as you might imagine. It gains steam as it goes along, escalating as we learn more about the whole story from multiple angles.

    I like that this film takes the time to show the police side of things (even though it’s not hard to take a “balanced” approach there), and I also like that this film wasn’t afraid to touch on dissonance within the ranks of the community organizers as well.

    Feels like we’re entering a sort of golden age for social justice docs. And that’s heartbreaking.

  • ★★★★ review by Paolo Kagaoan on Letterboxd

    Ljung takes careful note on when mental illness comes into the conversation of Hamilton’s death. My review.

  • ★★★★★ review by daanblaack on Letterboxd

    i worked on this so i give it a big FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS

    it's also really, really great

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