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Crown Heights

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Adapted by a story from This American Life, Matt Rushkin’s film, a winner at Sundance, follows the aftermath of a shooting in 1980, when a teenager was gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield), an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. That’s when Colin’s childhood friend, Carl 'KC' King, devotes every waking moment to fighting for justice, eventually learning his own route towards justice. Stanfield gives a star-making performance in a film with deep contemporary resonances. (U.S., 2017, 94m, IFC Films)