Down a Dark Stairwell

Directed by Ursula Liang

Release Year: 2021
Running time: 83
Country: U.S.
Language: English with Cantonese and Mandarin
Genres: Documentary
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MSRP: $19.95
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Screening Info
Directed by: Ursula Liang
Crew: Rajal Pitroda

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an innocent, unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian-American protests in history, disrupting a legacy of solidarity, and putting an uneven legal system into sharp focus.


“Director Ursula Liang brings a history of racial injustice and police brutality into focus” — Ashley Jones, Vox Magazine


“Down a Dark Stairwell speaks directly to the here and now” —Nick Schager, Daily Beast


“unusually clear-sighted”— Stuart Klawans, The Nation



Audience Award, San Diego Asian American Film Festival


Les Blank Award for Best Documentary Feature, Ashland Independent Film Festival



Special Recognition for Documentary Featuring Editing, Ashland Independent Film Festival



Best of Documentary, Indy Film Fest



Truth to Power Best Documentary Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival



Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival



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