Hold Your Fire (2022)

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Director: Stefan Forbes Run Time: 93 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. In 1973, four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense in Brooklyn were cornered by the NYPD. A violent gun battle killed a police officer, beginning the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. The NYPD’s 130-year-old policy was to deliver an ultimatum, then respond with deadly force. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” – and save twelve hostages from an impending bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and gripping interviews with survivors, this film uncovers what really happened in this landmark event with the potential to revolutionize American policing.

“A searing look into a little-known moment in history with profound repercussions for how we understand policing today.”

—Tambay Obenson for Indiewire

About the filmmaker:

Director/Cinematographer/Editor Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated, IDA Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. His film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story won the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, the George Polk and Edward R. Murrow Journalism Awards, and was a WGA Award finalist.

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