In His Home is a terrifying film, not merely for its powerful depiction of the near-fatal shooting of Kofi Adu-Brempong by University of Florida police officers, but for unveiling the routine character of racist, militarized violence. As the film so deftly reveals, campus police—armed to the teeth—have become deputies in upholding the “new Jim Crow.”
Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA and author of Yo’Mama’s DisFunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America, and Freedom Dreams: The Black American Radical Imagination
In His Own Home is a documentary about the March 2010 shooting of an unarmed disabled black graduate student by campus police at the University of Florida and the failure of the administration to address the racism and overmilitarization of its police force. It tells the story of Kofi Adu Brempong, a Ghanaian graduate student, disabled by childhood polio, attacked by a campus Critical Incident Response Team bungled response to a 911 call from a neighbor. It is about students whose protests led the administration to drop fake charges against Kofi and whose continued activism challenges police brutality. In His Own Home speaks to police racism and the militiarization of our campuses nationwide and to the continuing police brutality against unarmed Black people like Michael Brown and Eric Garner (read more here and here).
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WE ARE A GROUP of educators, filmmakers, and photographers who live or are from Gainesville, FL and feel passionate about this issue. The film is directed by Malini Johar Schueller and produced by Luce Capco Lincoln and Malini Johar Schueller. The co-producer is Amy Ongiri, and the director of photography is Nick Zantop.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that In His Own Home has won the award for the Best Documentary Short at the Urban Medimakers Film Festival (Atlanta, November 2015), the Short Film Special Recognition Award at the (In)Justice For All Film Festival (Chicago, April 2015) and the Award for Best Local Film, at the Cinema Verde Film Festival (February 2015). It has also been screened at a number of film festivals. More details on the Screenings page. Please follow us on Twitter for more updates!