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Mark Duggan documentary set for cinema release this summer

OPENING UP: Mark Duggan's childhood friends Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville star in The Hard Stop

A NEW documentary charting the story and background of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, who in 2011 was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in London, will be released in cinemas this summer.

The Hard Stop, directed by George Amponsah is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Duggan’s friends and family following his death.

He was shot and killed in a ‘Hard Stop’ police procedure in 2011, which ignited riots that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest across the country in recent history.

For 28 months, director Amponsah filmed around Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, north London, where Duggan grew up, capturing his family’s distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville.

TRAGIC: Mark Duggan

The film follows the two 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.

The Hard Stop, produced by Metrodome, will be in cinema from July 15.

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