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The Holly

(NR) Gravitas Ventures - 102 min
  • DIRECTOR: Julian Rubinstein
  • STARRING: Terrance Roberts

SHOWTIMES 05/25/2024 (change date):

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Synopsis:

Q&A with Director Julian Rubinstein and Terrance Roberts (subject) on Friday March 3rd and Q&A with Director Julian Rubinstein on March 4th.

 

Terrance Roberts is a former gang leader who appears to have escaped his past. Ten years from his days in prison, he is a prominent anti-gang activist whose community work made him the face of a high-profile redevelopment of Denver’s civil rights landmark, Holly Square. But, as the redevelopment is coming to fruition, Roberts shocks the city by shooting a young gang member—at his own peace rally.

Journalist Julian Rubinstein, who grew up in Denver, moves back and begins looking into the case. He finds himself caught up in a world of informants, gang members, activists and developers uneasily coexisting in a rapidly gentrifying community.

 

Many of them are also covertly working together on a federally funded law enforcement operation. As the city’s gang violence spikes and Roberts heads to trial facing life in prison, dangerous truths about the neighborhood’s cycle of violence and what really happened on the day of the peace rally are revealed.

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Academy Award-winner Adam McKay
5 out of 5 stars

"I was completely blown away"

February 20, 2023
I was completely blown away

John Wenzel (Denver Post)
5 out of 5 stars

“The shocking story of 'The Holly' continues to rile Denver’s power structure…. [Terrance] Roberts is running for Denver mayor, giving ‘The Holly’ the feel of an up-to-the-minute civic primer as much as riveting, true-life drama."

February 20, 2023
The shocking story of 'The Holly' continues to rile Denver’s power structure…. [Terrance] Roberts is running for Denver mayor, giving ‘The Holly’ the feel of an up-to-the-minute civic primer as much as riveting, true-life drama.

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John Moore (Denver Gazette)
5 out of 5 stars

"A documentary that many of the most powerful people... do not want you to see.... This is the rare documentary that has all the elements one looks for from a scripted film, starting with a compelling and complex antihero worthy of Shakespeare.”

February 20, 2023
A documentary that many of the most powerful people... do not want you to see.... This is the rare documentary that has all the elements one looks for from a scripted film, starting with a compelling and complex antihero worthy of Shakespeare