The Hard Stop
In 2011, Tottenham born Mark Duggan was shot and killed in a “Hard Stop” police procedure sparking the most violent riots in British History.
For 28 months, director George Amponsah (The Fighting Spirit) filmed around Duggan’s home, Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, capturing his family’s distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville. We follow the men closely as they attempt to move on with their lives and talk about the discrimination they experience on a daily basis and the impact Duggan’s death has had on the community. What emerges is a profoundly humane, thought-provoking and topical testament.
Director: George Amponsah
Stars: Marcus Knox Hooke, Kurtis Henville
A documentary that reflects on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan, a young, black, British man, at the hands of London's Metropolitan Police. Duggan was pulled over by police early one morning, and minutes later, was shot dead. This event sparked the now-infamous Tottenham riots and made headlines around the globe, but, as so often happens, the issue soon dropped from the news reports. Picking up the story where the media left off, George Amponsah's documentary The Hard Stop brings it back to its roots in Duggan's neighbourhood, following his friends Marcus and Kurtis as they fight for justice and search for meaning, while struggling against ongoing discrimination in their daily lives.
“Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub”