Directed by Peter Nicks
“Hypnotic and eye-opening.” —Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’s vérité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent in hopes of bridging a historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve.
The Force grants viewers breathless firsthand access to some of law enforcement’s most dangerous jobs. With fly-on-the-wall intimacy, we see a department trapped in transition, desperate to shed its corrupt image but also challenged by an increasingly organized community protest movement holding the department accountable to the citizens they are to serve.
Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 2017, U.S., DCP, 93 minutes. Recommended for 13+.
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