Winner of the Directing Award for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, this strong piece of cinema vérité is an intimate look at the Oakland Police Department as it struggles to navigate: federal demands for reform; popular uprisings following events in Ferguson, Missouri; and finally an explosive scandal. Filmmaker Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) and his collaborators received unprecedented access to the depart- ment’s activities, following officers from academy graduation through staff meetings, on routine (and not so routine) patrols, and all the way up to the Chief of Police Sean Whent. Two years of observant filming yield a number of dramatic twists and surprising turns in this terrific film. Camera/Director: Peter Nicks. (US 2017) 93 min.
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