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Seven Seconds (Netflix 2018, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Regina King)

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In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century. Seven Seconds is a powerful anthological crime thriller from acclaimed creator and executive producer Veena Sud (The Killing), starring two-time Emmy winner Regina King (American Crime) alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster).

Ashitey portrays KJ Harper, a black assistant prosecutor assigned to the incident, with troubles of her own. She grapples with the weight of the case and what it will mean to bring justice not only for Brenton, but for the Black community. KJ works closely with the teen’s mother Latrice Butler (Regina King) who realizes there may be more to her son than she and her husband (Russell Hornsby) were aware of, and becomes consumed with finding out what happened. Seven Seconds tackles the controversial issues of race relations between law enforcement, the people they serve, and the personal stories of those involved. At its core, the series goes beyond the headlines, examining the impact a tragic accident has on a community and a family’s need for answers and justice.

production details
USA | Netflix – Fox 21 Television Studios – Rock Films | 10×55 minutes | Broadcast from 23 February 2018

Creator: Veena Sud

cast
Clare-Hope Ashitey as KJ Harper
Regina King as Latrice Butler
Beau Knapp as Peter Jablonski
Michael Mosley as Joe ‘Fish’ Rinaldi
David Lyons as Mike Diangelo
Nadia Alexander as Nadine
Raúl Castillo as Felix Osorio
Michelle Veintimilla as Marie Jablonski