2017 Milwaukee Film Festival: The Blood is at the Doorstep

2017 Milwaukee Film Festival: The Blood is at the Doorstep

By Livia Peterson

Based on population alone, Milwaukee pales in comparison to Chicago. Milwaukee is still to prone to criminal activity and police brutality. Dontre Hamilton is shot fourteen times and killed by the Milwaukee police in broad daylight. Accordingly, the Hamilton family embarks to find answers, justice, and reform. Erik Ljung’s debut film is a typical documentary from the outset; however, the heart wrenching archival footage and interviews will easily connect to all, especially to Milwaukeeans. This is a must-see for Wisconsinites and even if one lives a half hour away from Milwaukee like I do, the film will hit close to home more than one will realize. Like the brilliant “Dolores”, “The Blood is at the Doorstep” comes at a time when we need it most, to remind us there is hope and perseverance against the unlikely odds in this detached and gloomy world. The United States may provide opportunities, but we are far from the Shangri-la. We must combat inequality and discrimination on all fronts, regardless. B+

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