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Thursday, September 28, 2023

The story of Kofi Adu-Brempong, the UF student from Ghana who was shot in the face by campus police, is coming to the big screen Tuesday.

Four years ago, Adu-Brempong hid in his apartment while University Police gathered outside.

His neighbor heard screams from his apartment and called the police. The day before, the mentally stressed doctoral student had sent troubling emails to the geography department chairman, who stood outside with the police asking Adu-Brempong to come out. He refused, and police broke down the door.

According to Alligator archives, he didn’t put down his cane and a butcher knife, so the officers shot him with two Tasers, four bean-bag rounds and several rounds from an assault rifle.

“In His Own Home” is a documentary of the events that led up to the shooting. Directed by UF English professor Malini Johar Schueller, the film is a string of interviews with Adu-Brempong’s neighbors, the then-director of the NAACP and students who protested the shooting.

“It deserved more coverage than just being a local incident,” Schueller said. “It’s a story that needs to be told.”

The 42-minute film will be shown at the Hippodrome State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s free.

[A version of this story ran on page 4 on 4/21/2014 under the headline "Shot student’s story on screen"]

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