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Down a Dark Stairwell
Directed by Ursula Liang • 2020 • United States
When a Chinese American police officer kills Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man, in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian American protests in history, disrupting a legacy of solidarity, and putting an uneven legal system into sharp focus. Ursula Liang’s powerful documentary is a riveting look at the myriad social forces that collide in a case that shed urgent light on the relationship between race, law enforcement, and two marginalized communities.