One Deadly Weekend in America, which premieres on BBC Three on Sunday 9 July, is a stunning, dramatic and moving feature-length documentary that tells the story of young lives devastated by gun crime.
Directed by award winning filmmaker Ursula MacFarlane, the film focuses on one ordinary July weekend, typically the time of year when the highest number of Americans are shot and killed. Conceived as a dramatic, ticking-clock thriller, the film tells the stories of that one weekend by focusing on seven very different shootings from across the USA, from South Central Los Angeles to rural South Carolina.
We hear from survivors, witnesses, families and law enforcement agencies, while newsreels, CCTV and police videos take us into the heart of the action. By humanising the stories of young lives caught up in the devastation of gun crime the film paints a dramatic and troubling portrait of American’s complex relationship with guns – an exploration which feels more urgent now than ever.
One Deadly Weekend airs on Sunday 9 July 2017 From 10.00am on BBC THREE