The Force Q&A - UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival 2020

The Force

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Via Zoom


Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’ 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 Whenin hopes of bridging a historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. The Force hovers over Oakland’s evening skies and rides inside speeding police vehicles, granting 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 and urgent Black Lives Matter movement erupting right outside its doorstep.