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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and…
Copwatch - An Organization Dedicated to Filming the Police
This acclaimed documentary follows "WeCopwatch", an organization dedicated to filming the police. Its members captured the original videos of the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Freddie Gray in Baltimore that ignited the entire nation. Nominated for Best…
The Talk: Race in America
PBS
This film documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.
Peace Officer - The Militarized State of American Police
A feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state's first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill…
Every Mother's Son - Policing and Race in America
In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic…
Let The Fire Burn - Tragedy in Philadelphia
Astonishingly gripping, LET THE FIRE BURN is a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly…
Alien Boy - The Life and Death of James Chasse
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles one man's struggle with schizophrenia and examines the actions of the police officers responsible for his death, exposing a city grappling with accountability in…
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a co-production of the IMC and Big Noise Films, weaves the footage of over 100 videographers into a gripping document of what really happened on Seattle's streets. The film cuts through the confusion and…
Dispatches From Cleveland - Communities Fighting for Social Change
This documentary closely examines the rust-belt city of Cleveland, one of the most racially divided American cities in the wake of the police murder of Tamir Rice. DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND follows ordinary people - long shaken by police misconduct, social…
Law & Order - An Examination of Police Practices and Behavior
LAW & ORDER surveys the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat…
Stop - Challenging NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" Policies
For the past several years, stop & frisk in New York City has been front-page news. It has stirred passions, sown division, inspired social activism, and led to a monumental change in New York City's understanding of policing and its…
America After Ferguson
PBS
This PBS town hall meeting, moderated by PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill, explores events following Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri. The program, recorded before an audience on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will…
Can it Hurt Less? - A Social Justice Documentary
Police and teenagers, and particularly Indigenous teens in Australia, generally don't see eye to eye. If policing is less menacing and more of a learning process then it is likely that confrontation may be avoided, thus producing better outcomes for…
Tears For April - The Life and Death of April Reoch
This film destroys the myth that drug abuse affects just the user, as life and death unfolds in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. 'Tears for April: Beyond the Blue Lens' follows the short, tragic life of April Reoch as told…
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What Happened In Vegas - Fighting Police Corruption in Las Vegas
When filmmaker Ramsey Denison went to Las Vegas for a relaxing weekend, the last thing he expected was to be arrested and beaten for reporting an incident of police brutality that he personally witnessed on the strip. WHAT HAPPENED IN…
The System - Policing and Mass Incarceration
Part of the Series: America Divided
Common returns to his hometown of Chicago - a city on fire in the aftermath of the brutal police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald. With thousands of people in the streets, Chicago has become the epicenter of national debates around…
Fallen - Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
In the United States, a Police Officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours. Behind these numbers are countless unsung stories of both tragedy and triumph overshadowed by negative headlines and criticism at every turn. Pulling back…
The Interrogation - Investigating False Confessions
Why would someone confess to a crime they didn't commit? In America, nearly 30% of those exonerated by DNA tests had previously confessed. For more than half a century, the Reid technique was the favored method of extracting confessions out…
Policing The Police
PBS
The new FRONTLINE documentary, Policing the Police, is a provocative journey inside one police force that's been ordered to reform by the Department of Justice: the Newark Police Department in New Jersey. Take a nuanced glimpse into how topics in…
Lawmen of the Old West: Tombstone: Outlaw Outpost
Part of the Series: Lawmen of the Old West
They came from all over the West. These were the outlaws seeking haven down by the border. They rustled stock, they mingled with women, and they robbed, killed and pillaged with the boldness of medieval raiders. Discover what changed after…