Join us for the showing of The Blood is at the Doorstep, a riveting documentary about the police shooting of Dontre Hamilton and his family’s mourning and transformation into activists. Panel discussion to follow, including Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre, and Brenda Wesley, mental health educator whose imprisoned son copes with a chronic mental illness. Suitable for middle school and up. Invite your family and friends. If interested in carpooling, sign up at Social Action table after services or contact Ann Heidkamp via the church office.
Film Description: It’s a scene Milwaukee natives will not soon forget: Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed Black man resting in Red Arrow Park, shot 14 times by a police officer in broad daylight, leaving behind a devastated family to pick up the pieces and bringing a community already struggling to maintain positive police-community relations even closer to the brink. Filmed over a three-year period, The Blood Is at the Doorstep focuses intimately on the Hamilton family’s strength in the face of unspeakable tragedy, as we follow mother Maria and older brother Nate as they turn to community organizing as a means of honoring Dontre’s memory while still doggedly pursuing answers, with public outcry intensifying the longer none are given. A heart-rending portrait of justice deferred from director Erik Ljung, illuminating one family’s remarkable ability to channel their grief into fuel for activism and community building, and a sobering reminder of the chasm that so often divides us.
Invisible Reality Ministries
5324 W. Center St., Milwaukee
Saturday, April 21