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African Diaspora Film Club at MoAD | When Claude Got Shot

Join us for our monthly series, The African Diaspora Film Club. Modeled after our African Book Club, we will meet once a month to discuss a film that we have all viewed in advance of the discussion. The conversation will be moderated by Cornelius Moore, co-director of California Newsreel and film series curator at MoAD. We will be choosing a selection of films, some previously screened at MoAD. You may have already seen it, or this may be your first introduction. In either case, join us for a lively discussion of the film.

This month we will be discussing WHEN CLAUDE GOT SHOT (2021, 96 minutes). You will receive instructions to join via zoom after you sign up here. Look for an email from MoAD after you sign up, if you don’t receive it in your inbox, look in your spam or junk mail.

We will not be screening the film. WHEN CLAUDE GOT SHOT will premiere on PBS/Independent Lens on May 9 and will be streaming for 30 days following the premiere. You can access it here. View the film in advance and then join us for the discussion on Sunday, June 6, 2022 at 5pm (PDT).

Claude Motley, Director Brad Lichtenstein and Co-Producer Santana Coleman will join us for the discussion.


When Claude Got Shot tells the story of three strangers brought together by gun violence in Milwaukee, WI: Claude Motley, a North Carolina business owner who is shot in the face during an attempted carjacking while visiting for a high school reunion; Victoria Davison, a nurse with a concealed carry permit who shoots a would-be robber two nights later; and 15-year-old Nathan King, the assailant in both cases. The film looks at how each of their lives change in one weekend while exploring the complexities of gun violence within communities.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Claude Motley is a business and legal professional that works with the international law firm, Motley Legal Services.  He has been increasingly active in legal social justice and immigration cases while driving the conversation on reducing gun violence and inequality.


Brad Lichtenstein is a filmmaker, virtual reality storyteller, radio producer, and founder of 371 Productions. He has been nominated for two Emmys and won two DuPonts and a Peabody. Recent films include the PBS FRONTLINE documentary American Reckoning (with Yoruba Richen) and the Participant documentary Messwood (with Emily Kuester). When Claude Got Shot is his third film for Independent Lens.

Based in Milwaukee, WI, Santana Coleman has been a content creator since 2013 and a vivid storyteller since a child. Co-producer of the feature-length documentary, When Claude Got Shot, she currently serves as the Impact Campaign Advisor on the film. Along with a creative partner, Santana is the co-creator of comedy television series, 'Black Girl Training' and she's currently in pre-production of short film The Last Week, where she will serve as writer, director, and producer in her directorial debut. Santana enjoys any opportunity to create content that aims to empower, uplift, and inspire the Black community.

The African Diaspora Film Club is presented in partnership with Black Public Media

Black Public Media (BPM), formerly known as National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces, funds, and distributes media content about the African American and global Black experience. Our mission is to commit to a fully realized expression of democracy and we accomplish this by supporting diverse voices through training, education, and investment in visionary content makers.

For 40 years, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of black stories.

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