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The Hard Stop

As part of the Ending Racism theme of Rise-Up, we screen this intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Mark Duggan's friends and family following his death. 

Duggan was shot and killed in a 'Hard Stop' police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in British history. 

For 28 months, director George Amponsah (The Fighting Spirit) filmed around Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, where Duggan grew up, capturing his family's distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville. We follow the men closely as they attempt to get on with their lives, look for a job, talk about the discrimination they experience on a daily basis and the impact Duggan's death has had on the community. 

Duggan is present throughout, in peoples' testimonies and news broadcasts. What emerges is a profoundly humane, thought-provoking and topical testament, which gives a voice to people who are rarely heard.

This screening will be accompanied by short films inspired by Martin Luther King's speech at Newcastle University in 1967, made by Northern Stars Documentary Academy, Tyneside Cinema's young persons filmmaking academy for 15-18 year-olds from the North East. 

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, George Amponsah is unable to attend this event. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 25mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): George Amponsah

Country of Origin: UK

Year of release:

Language(s): English

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