16 Shots

2019 | USA | NR | 99 min.


Bijou by the Bay Fri, Aug 2, 2019 3:00 PM
City Opera House Sun, Aug 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Runtime:99 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rick Rowley
Produced by:Jacqueline Soohen
Jamie Kalven
Karim Hajj
Editing By:Jacqueline Soohen
Francisco Bello
Cast:Anita Alvarez
Dean Angelo
Alma Benitez
William Calloway


In 2014 Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in the middle of the street. The official ruling from Chicago PD was that it was justified, that McDonald was attempting to attack the officers with a knife. The public, however, was not convinced, and both activists and journalists began the work of demanding evidence be shared, especially as more and more clues pointed to a cover-up. When dash cam footage of the incident was ultimately released a year later, it clearly showed the young man walking away when he was first shot, and lying on the ground through rest of the gunshots. Balancing objectivity with the raw and simmering anger that rippled through the city, filmmaker Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars, TCFF 2013) mixes news coverage of the case with interviews from parties on both sides, delivering a complex and emotional exposé about an all-too-familiar scenario. In Person: Director Richard Rowley and Producer Jacqueline Soohen.