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The Hard Stop (2015)

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The Hard Stop is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Mark Duggan's friends and family following his death. He 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.

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"The Hard Stop" is most successful when it shows the gradual changes that Duggan's death has caused in the men's lives, and its longitudinal focus helps the viewer sympathize with its subjects.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

An essential watch if you want better to understand the city and people around you.

July 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Hard Stop reveals the effect on society when we systemically 'crop' how people are portrayed to suit our own agenda, rather than aiming for a more objective truth.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Amponsah's lines of inquiry could be sharper, but he successfully humanises the people behind the headlines.

January 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a strong picture of the community most immediately affected by the shooting: a community left with absolutely no trust in the police.

December 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The director George Amponsah embeds himself in north London to unravel the background, and the subjects of his powerful documentary are Duggan's best friends.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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