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Down A Dark Stairwell

  • 1h 26m
  • Ursula Liang
  • United States
  • 2020

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Category Winner, Crime & Conspiracy

When an Asian-American police officer shoots and fatally wounds an African-American man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and fractured calls for justice.

When the NYPD officer becomes the first to be convicted in a decade, the meaning of justice becomes complicated, pitting two marginalised communities against each another in a virulent fight against the system igniting the largest Asian-American protest in U.S. history. Even within each community, division occurs as to what is right and wrong. 

Not solely a courtroom drama, the film captures the events of large-scale activism: street protests and clashes with authority. The quest of both families is a search for justice in a system which is wanting.  

This film is a crucial document of Asian American history
– Prof. Melissa Phruksachart,  

Timely, powerful, complex, and necessary viewing. 
– Andrew Parker,


Ursula Liang


Ursula Liang


English, Cantonese, Mandarin



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