The Holly

100 mins


Renowned journalist Julian Rubinstein returns home to the Mile High City in order to investigate a story of structural racism from the perspective of an anti-gang activist, Terrance Roberts. The story centers on a controversial shooting that took place at a peace rally that Roberts himself organized. Over the course of seven years, Rubinstein patiently unpacks the intricate layers of Roberts himself, the community, media misinformation and the contentious history of criminal injustices that fed gang violence in Denver. As Roberts stands trial for life in prison, the Holly shooting cracks open a window into the complex relationships that exist amongst gentrification and violence, communities of color, high-rolling developers and Denver’s city hall.

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Julian Rubinstein

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Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.

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