Down a Dark Stairwell (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 23m

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an innocent, unarmed black man in an unlit stairwell of a New York City housing project on November 20, 2014, communities across the city erupt with demands for legal accountability. When he becomes the first New York Police Department officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes much more complicated. One of the largest Asian-American protests in history challenges an uneven legal system, while the African-American community is forced to defend its rights again after a series of police killings. Cries for justice amid systemic inequities finds disparate notions of fairness called into question.

Down a Dark Stairwell tells a crucial American story of how divisions among racial minorities ultimately serve white supremacy.” - John Raphling, Senior Researcher, US Criminal Justice, Human Rights Watch

Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Wednesday, June 17
6:30 PM EDT – Start watching the film
7:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
8:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with the filmmaker Ursula Liang and HRW’s US Program Advocacy Officer Dreisen Heath. Register here
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Ursula Liang


Rajal Pitroda

Consulting Producer

Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Executive Producer

Sally Jo Fifer

Executive Producer

Lois Vossen

Supervising Producer

Shana Swanson


English, Cantonese, Mandarin

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