It's a few more days till Full Frame, and if you want to get a jump on your doc watching, you might want to start with this impassioned 40-minute film. Living for 32, which played this year at Sundance, tells the story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He was an ROTC student who took four bullets to his leg, hips and shoulder and now works for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The film shows Goddard going to gun shows with a hidden camera and buying firearms without a license or ID. He advocates enforcing the kind of background checks that might have prevented his assailant, Seung-Hui Cho, from buying a weapon. Meanwhile, gun advocates across the country have argued for bills to allow guns on college campuses.
With these competing visions for a safer America, it's useful to recall the example of Joe Zamudio, an armed bystander at the Tucson shootings in January who was praised by gun advocates for running toward the firefight, gun in hand. When he rounded a corner, however, his first instinct at the chaotic scene was to shoot the man who'd managed to grab Jared Loughner's gun away from him. Only a fortunate pause to assess the situation prevented further tragedy. The free screening is sponsored by North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and will be followed by a panel discussion whose participants will include Effie Steele, a Durham resident who lost her daughter in a shooting four years ago. Goddard will be in Durham later this week for the Full Frame fest, in connection with a new doc about guns by celebrated filmmaker Barbara Kopple. The event runs 6:30–8:30 p.m. —Marc Maximov