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Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Read more …

Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.

The critical consensus

There's a lot of good stuff here, but it feels thrown together, and blunt rather than nuanced in its impact.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 12/03/2018

This is a fierce and forthright film.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15/03/2018

A progressive, refreshing take on the unseen stories of the LA riots.

Naomi Wong, Little White Lies, 16/03/2018

As the violence erupts, the film develops into a powerful tale of kinship in the face of adversity.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/03/2018

Justin Chon’s remarkable film centres on an unlikely friendship in the tense racial climate of early 90s Los Angeles.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 18/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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