In His Own Home is a documentary about the March 2010 shooting of an unarmed disabled black graduate student by campus police at the University of Florida and the failure of the administration to address the racism and overmilitarization of its police force. It tells the story of Kofi Adu Brempong, a Ghanaian graduate student, disabled by childhood polio, attacked by a campus SWAT team’s bungled response to a 911 call from a neighbor. It is the story of campus police who continued to employ the officer who had cruised through town, throwing eggs at black neighborhoods in Gainesville, and who shot Kofi point blank, but was fired only recently after he roughed up a white student driving a Mercedez. It is about students whose protests led the administration to drop fake charges against Kofi and whose continued activism challenges police brutality.
This project came out of outrage by a small group of concerned community members committed to seeing social justice happen on a local level. With this film, we hope to expose not only the racist intent involved in this brutal incident, but also how universities are more and more becoming militarized zones, where police have little accountability to students and citizens living in the vicinity alike. We hope for this documentary to be an educational and organizing tool, especially calling for our communities to be safe from such violence by police.
There is no funding for this project and we are all volunteering our time. The documentary is almost complete, but we need funds to cover expensive fees to license the rights to news footage and the cost to make DVDs, among other administrative costs. Below is the website where you can see a trailer of In His Own Home, some information about the film, and also make a contribution: http://www.indiegogo.com/In-His-Own-Home
You can donate anonymously or otherwise.
Our goal is to raise $3000 in the next 32 days. Would you be willing to give toward this project? Any amount will help! $10, $20 and $50 can go a long way! We really need help spreading the word about this documentary. Please pass this on to people that you think would be interested in supporting a social justice media project. If you have any questions, please write to me at this address.