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"I thought it was valuable....those in jail for one punch homicide tended to say the old Karate maxims. This is mainly seen in the idea of walking away from the fight, how killing someone destroys many lives, and that violence is not the solution....This documentary is important for all ages to watch....As a martial artist, someone who works with children, and someone trained in the medical profession, I believe that if you teach or work with children that might get in a fight you have an obligation to watch this...and...once a child is 14 they should watch it as well, especially if they have been in fights or are training in martial arts."
Rafael Gutierrez, MD and martial arts instructor, California


"Racine Public Library, Racine, Wisconsin, hosted a showing of "One Punch Homicide" and a 
discussion with the director afterwards. The audience members were amazed at the number 
of people jailed for murder, because of a single punch. There was a good discussion of how 
this information should be shared, with schools in particular because many of the inmates 
were very young. The director, Steve Kokette, focused on letting the young men talk about 
their situations. I recommend this program."

Jessica MacPhail, Director, Racine Public Library


Hollywood has convinced us it is ok to hit a person in the head....People need to watch your film....New and very young recruits at basic training...need this information.
            Major Van Harl, USAF Ret. and writer, Oklahoma


"This meaningful project depicts how these incidents ruin the lives of not only the victim's family, but in many cases those of the perpetrator.  These senseless types of incidents result in the destruction of many lives of those individuals and families who were never even close to the scene of the incident.
If you could get this documentary before the eyes of our youth, it could certainly and hopefully make someone think about throwing that punch in the heat of the moment that can change so many lives."
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. 
Chief of Police Gretna, Louisiana

You can now see One Punch Homicide in its entirety (87 minutes) for $1.00 U.S. from this site.  (You have thirty days to watch it after ordering it.)  One Punch Homicide can now be bought on DVD in four nations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S., and in two different versions - the 87 minute feature version, and a 20 minute version for classroom use only.  For those ordering one or both in Australia and New Zealand, click here.  For those ordering one or both of the DVDs in the U.S., click here.  For those ordering one or both of the DVDs in Canada, click here.  (Purchasing of the DVD does not include broadcast rights or public performance rights for public libraries, prisons, or others.  Contact us if you're interested in obtaining such rights.)

"The interviews were absolutely riveting.  And it's clear how prevalent this problem is...far more than anyone would imagine.  I would think One Punch Homicide would have a significant impact on young people when they first start drinking.  High school and college age people should see one Punch Homicide, especially if it is followed by a well-facilitated discussion.  The discussion would keep kids who most need to take its message to heart from blowing it off after watching it."                       Jack Mitchell, retired teacher, Texas

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"I really do think you hit a raw nerve and families and society should watch it."  Ross Thompson, Homicide Victims' Support Network, Queensland, Australia, about the 87 minute version

I am very impressed with it.  I would like to use it in my presentations...I would like to congratulate you on a job well, VERY WELL done.  Ross Thompson, Homicide Victims' Support Network, Queensland, Australia, about the 20 minute school version.

One Punch Homicide is a documentary that will reduce violence, crime,  murders, and bullying, possibly more than anything in our time.  It's about people who killed and were killed with one punch, and only one punch, and their loved ones.  It will reduce violence against everyone - the elderly, disabled, lgbt, children, women, and men.

Every year hundreds of people, perhaps thousands, are killed worldwide by one punch and only one punch, and billions of dollars are spent on injuries from punching incidents.

In 1998 the American Psychiatric Association stated that by the time Americans reached the age of 18 they had seen, on average, 200,000 acts of violence on screen.  Aren't we cheating today's young by allowing them to watch so much violence without educating them that one punch can kill?

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg of King County, which includes Seattle, Washington, says King County has four to six one punch homicides every year. If King County's one punch homicide rate is average for the U.S., which is impossible to tell because no one in the U.S., including the FBI, keeps statistics on the subject, then the U.S. has between 500 and 1,000 one punch homicides every year. Although this isn't a huge number, it has other implications. Most single punches don't result in a death, but for every death by one punch, how many other people experience serious injuries, including brain damage, because of one punch - 10, 20, 50, 100, or more?

I didn't make One Punch Homicide because I knew someone who had died from one punch. I was inspired to make it because I read of two one punch homicides within days of one another - one was the actual event, and the other was the sentencing hearing for an assailant. However, while working on the film, I learned of three friends or acquaintances whose lives were changed by one punch, and only one punch. One lost his peripheral vision in one eye. Another had six surgeries on an eye socket that was destroyed. He said if he didn't have the operations his eye ball might literally fall out. And the third spent a month in the hospital convalescing from his injuries. So in trying to prevent punches from being thrown, there's far more involved than trying to prevent one punch homicides.

Half of One Punch Homicide is interviews with five inmates in five U.S. states who killed someone with one punch.  It also has interviews with loved ones of seven who died from one punch, and about 30 gravestones of those who died from a single punch in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, with brief comments on each incident.  (It looks briefly at 37 one punch homicide incidents.)  It also shows the Garden of Angels, a hillside near Fort Worth dedicated to murdered children.   



Keep in mind that the online quality of video is inferior to any DVD you will buy from this site.




Although One Punch Homicide was made primarily to convince teens, particularly boys, to never throw a first punch, it was made so adults would find it interesting too. While making the film I was surprised at how many adults have a fascination with death, especially people killing people. At any given time, there is always at least one top ten selling book about death, and at least one movie about death in the top ten selling movies. The first audience to see One Punch Homicide had eight adults. Five of them said it was riveting. (The other three left before the impromptu poll was taken.) One of those polled was an ex-U.S. marine in his 50s who admitted to starting some fights by throwing the first punch. He also said in the 1980s he'd worked awhile as a bouncer, where he once knocked someone out with one punch. He said One Punch Homicide made him feel incredibly grateful he'd never killed anyone, and he vowed to never throw another first punch. I hadn't foreseen anyone having this type of reaction to the film, and it made me wonder how many millions of people there might be like him who would have a similar reaction to seeing it.

With the five interviews One Punch Homicide has with inmates talking about the bleakness of prison life, it should also discourage teens and others from committing crimes in general.

So if you're thinking of watching One Punch Homicide and wondering who you might want to watch it with, here are three suggestions:

1) Any teen - female or male.
2) Anyone who has a history of throwing a first punch to start a fight.
3) Because it would be appropriate to show to students in college or high school assemblies or classes, anyone involved in their education - teachers, school board members, principals, headmasters, etc.

If you're a parent with a history of throwing first punches against anyone and don't want your kids to follow in your footsteps, and/or were physically abused as a child, please consider showing your own kids One Punch Homicide.

Putting an end to human physical abuse - of the elderly, disabled, lgbt, children, women, and men - has always involved ending it one abuser at a time.  One of the problems to putting an end to abuse by one abuser at a time is that new cases pop up and often go undetected for years, and perhaps forever.  And although this is a very important way to end abuse, one abuser at a time, perhaps we should be giving more thought to somehow discouraging those who might become abusers from ever physically abusing anyone.  With that said, One Punch Homicide was made primarily with the hope that it will discourage some from ever becoming physical abusers.

 Which organizations should consider owning One Punch Homicide?  Schools, Public Libraries, Boy's/Girl's Clubs, Law Enforcement Agencies, Juvenile Court Systems, Domestic Violence Shelters, Anti-Violence Groups, Places of Worship, Security Businesses, and Marshall Arts Centers.  

Please tell others about One Punch Homicide.  You may want to do that by downloading a One Punch Homicide 11" by 8 and 1/2" small poster-flyer. 

Passing laws to reduce punching incidents, government expenditures, and health care costs, click here.

To hear a 12 and 1/2 minute interview with Steve Kokette, the maker of One Punch Homicide, on Crime and Punishment, a nationally syndicated Canadian radio program produced by CJOB in Winnipeg, click here.

To see the credits for One Punch Homicide, click here.

To see a list of over 200 one punch homicides, click here.  

Other work by Steve Kokette, the maker of  One Punch Homicide, click here.



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