The Force

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30 | No admittance after 7:30

Peter Nicks / 2017 / 92 min

The Force presents a cinema vérité look inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, MO, and an explosive scandal.

A young chief, hailed as a reformer, is brought in to complete the turnaround at the very moment the Black Lives Matter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice both in Oakland and across the nation.

Meanwhile, young cops in the Academy are being trained to police in a new era of transparency and accountability. And out on the street, the camera gets up close as rookie and veteran officers alike face an increasingly hostile public where dueling
narratives surround each use of force. Officers are being watched like never before as they respond to a constant flood of 911 calls, revealing the wide gulf between how cops see themselves and how they are seen by the public.

Despite growing public distrust locally, the OPD is garnering national attention as a model of police reform. But just as the department is on the verge of a breakthrough, the man charged with turning the department around faces the greatest challenge of his career, one that could threaten not only the progress that has been made, but the very authority of the institution itself.

Post-Screening Q&A

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Pete will be unable to attend the Q&A.

Peter Nicks (Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer) is an Emmy Award-winning shooter/director known for his courageous cinema vérité style. He directed/produced The Waiting Room which was released theatrically in 2012 to critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award. Nicks, a 2015 United States Artist Fellow, is in the midst of his trilogy of timely, immersive films exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA.


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