2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12

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The Blood is at the Doorstep

Director: Erik Ljung

Film Summary

Spotlight Presentations | 1:33 | 2017 | USA | | View Website

It's a scene Milwaukee natives will not soon forget: Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed Black man resting in Red Arrow Park, shot 14 times by a police officer in broad daylight, leaving behind a devastated family to pick up the pieces and bringing a community already struggling to maintain positive police-community relations even closer to the brink. Filmed over a three-year period, The Blood Is at the Doorstep focuses intimately on the Hamilton family's strength in the face of unspeakable tragedy, as we follow mother Maria and older brother Nate as they turn to community organizing as a means of honoring Dontre's memory while still doggedly pursuing answers, with public outcry intensifying the longer none are given. A heart-rending portrait of justice deferred from director Erik Ljung, illuminating one family's remarkable ability to channel their grief into fuel for activism and community building, and a sobering reminder of the chasm that so often divides us.

Director Erik Ljung
Executive Producer Barry Poltermann
Producer Erik Ljung
Cinematographer Erik Ljung, Daniel Thomas Peters
Editor Michael T. Vollmann

Film Sponsor

Journal Sentinel: Part of the USA Today Network

Community Partners

UBLAC, ACLU of Wisconsin, Coalition for Justice