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On the streets of Milwaukee, third year law student, father, and husband Claude Motley is shot in the face by 15-year-old carjacker Nathan King. Filmed over five years, When Claude Got Shot follows Claude’s life after the shooting and his struggles to recover mentally and physically. Diverted from a legal career, Claude must contend with multiple surgeries, catastrophic health care bills, and stress on his family while remaining engaged as the criminal justice system resolves Nathan’s fate. Torn between a desire for punishment and an awareness of the injustice of mass incarceration of young Black men, Claude reflects on his own life and its similarity to Nathan’s. Prolific and award-winning Milwaukee-based documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein (As Goes Janesville, There Are Jews Here – WFF 2017) has crafted an inspiring and riveting portrait of one man’s journey from victim of violent crime to someone with a profound and hopeful vision of justice. While When Claude Got Shot is an unmistakably Wisconsin story, it speaks most powerfully and universally to the human condition and the desire to change and forgive. “Nuanced… offers multidimensional storytelling amid facts, balancing events and personal lives without turning anyone into nameless statistics” (Mae Abdulbaki, Screen Rant). 2021 SXSW Film Festival. (JH)


  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Country
    USA
  • Director
    Brad Lichtenstein
  • Producer
    Brad Lichtenstein, Steven Cantor, Jamie Schutz
  • Executive Producer
    Snoop Dogg, Ted Chung, Leslie Fields Cruz, Geralyn Dreyfous, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen
  • Cinematographer
    Colin Sytsma
  • Editor
    Michelle Chang