Dead Man Walking (2013) – By Brian Morton

Documentaries are something that I really enjoy.  No matter the subject, you always learn something.  But, this one, Dead Man Walking from Michael Artiles, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to learn.
 
This doc is less than 5 minutes long and looks at the death of Trevonne Winn, a man shot down on the streets of Brooklyn.  We get the story from three eyewitnesses, all young, who saw the murder and didn’t know what to think or do.  What I got from this were a couple of things, first, life happens any and everywhere, and, no matter how secure you might think you are, it’s an illusion that can be shattered in a second.  The second is that, in an urban environment, kids grow up very fast.  These three boys all talk about the shooting in a very matter of fact way that left me thinking that violence might just be the norm for their lives.  Now, I could be mistaken about that last, it could be that they’ve told this story so many times that it’s just words to them now, but if not, it’s a very telling red flag for the future.
 
I’m giving Dead Man Walking 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s not long, but it’s extremely powerful and thought-provoking…it’s a doc that’s well worth your time!  You can find our more and see this for yourself by heading over here.