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London Premiere: The Force (15*) + ScreenTalk

Part of: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still from The Force, Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A deep look inside the troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, and civil unrest after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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

Despite growing public distrust, the Oakland Police Department 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 it around faces the greatest challenge of his career—one that not only threatens progress already made, but the very authority of the institution itself.

This film is extremely relevant, contributing to the conversation about police training, use of force, corruption, culture and accountability.” John Raphling, Senior Researcher, US Program, Human Rights Watch

This screening is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Pete Nicks.

US 2017 Peter Nicks 93 min


Barbican Cinema 2