Every year, almost 40,000 people are killed by guns in America. Each shooting devastates and forever changes the victim’s family and friends. The new feature documentary, Behind the Bullet, explores a side of gun violence that’s rarely talked about- the impact a shooting has on the shooter. The film answers the question, what does shooting and killing someone do to a person whose intentions are good. Each subject in the film tells the story of how the pull of a trigger, changed them emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. The complexity of each scenario plays out as they describe the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting, or an unintentional shooting.
This event is part of The Gun Violence Awareness Film Festival which consists of three films (Behind The Bullet, 91%, and Us Kids) and post-film discussions on the weekend of Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th.
We are screening these three documentaries to highlight different aspects of gun violence. Each film will be followed by a discussion of the topics and will feature directors, film subjects and local community members. The films are shown in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend—also known as WEAR ORANGE—a time when gun violence prevention supporters and advocates across the country wear orange to honor the victims of gun violence and show support for the gun safety movement.
Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence.
Since then orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. Join us in displaying your orange wear and honor the victims and survivors of gun violence.