The Blood Is at the Doorstep

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Nate Hamilton and his brother Dontre grew up like twins. Even as adults, Nate felt responsible to look after his "baby" brother. As a roofer by day, Nate juggled community college and fatherhood in the evening. According to Nate, he had led "a pretty simple life."That all changed in 2014, when Dontre was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer. Dontre's death complicates current narratives of police profiling and use of force because not only was he an unarmed black man, but he was also living with paranoid schizophrenia. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows Nate and his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, this explosive documentary takes a behind the scenes look at one of America's most pressing social issues. In their quest for justice, the Hamilton family and a grieving community must publicly square off against a police union that vows to stand as one, and an embattled chief of police that finds himself defiantly stuck between activists and a union that has lost confidence in his leadership. Despite a multitude of setbacks, the Hamilton family inspires substantive reforms on a local level. But when another controversial police shooting in Milwaukee sets off several nights of violent unrest, the Hamilton family must decide what to do next.


Critic Reviews for The Blood Is at the Doorstep

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (9)

  • Ljung's clear-eyed film finds hope within terrible circumstances, and strength within heartbreak.

    Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • To those unable to process the exponential proliferation of police shootings ending unarmed black men's live in recent years, each new case begins to blur into one unending nightmare.

    Jul 16, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • A film like The Blood Is at the Doorstep might help change the conversation by humanizing the victims and highlighting how an issue of civil rights for one group has the potential to become an issue of safety for the larger society.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ljung devoted three years to following them [the Hamilton family], and it's always a pleasure to see such passionate, dedicated work pay off.

    Jan 30, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…
  • [Erik] Ljung's willingness to let the film breath, to let those gunshots play out in real time, and to hold on interviewees for a few moments after they have stopped talking gives the film a sense of reflection amidst all the heated emotions.

    Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As The Blood Is at the Doorstep demonstrates, real people - and by extension, all of us - suffer when we accept the status quo. We can't walk away.

    Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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