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 daanblaack on Letterboxd

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

    it's also really, really great

  • ★★★½ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd

    Confronting documentary about the police-shooting of Dontre Hamilton and its aftermath, as the family seek justice and structural reform with numerous protest groups - butting heads with an opportunistic Black Lives Matter organiser in the process, police overseers seek to cover their tracks and insulate themselves from the fallout of the murder, and cops battle protesters and their administrators. Fascinating, frustrating and essential viewing.

  • ★★★½ review by William Lindus on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017

    Powerful and anger-inducing, this documentary is about a black man gunned down by a policeman in Milwaukee, and the resulting protests and outrage from the lack of initial action taken against the officer. Coinciding with other powder keg moments like Ferguson, THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP is both a humanizing tale of a young black man posthumously demonized by the police and the media and a story about a few of the early moments of the modern Black Lives Matter movement.

  • ★★★★ review by Nick Isaac on Letterboxd

    The accidental official record of the fits and starts of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    See my full SXSW review over at Talk Film Society.

    SXSW 2017: The Blood Is At The Doorstep

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