Race is a critical factor in American life. It plays a disproportionate role in the criminal justice system, where African Americans are overwhelmingly represented as victims and suspects, felons and prisoners. Since 1991, when an eyewitness camera caught the encounter between an unknown taxi driver, Rodney King, and members of the Los Angeles police force, cameras have become a ubiquitous presence, capturing scenes that challenge police accounts of encounters with black men and women that end in violence or death. From a long-form documentary on the rapid militarization of the police force in the United States, beginning on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to a multi-platform project on counter-surveillance that directly intersects the public debate over police accountability, to the immediacy of citizen journalism, this panel will explore how investigative filmmaking is reshaping the way we consider the relationship between the police and communities of color.
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