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Run Time: 93 minutes
At the start of the gripping documentary THE FORCE, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) has been under federal oversight for over a decade and is working diligently to reform its policies and operations. Complicating matters is that the department is short-staffed and facing a community that’s growing frustrated with and resentful toward actions perceived to be indifferent. As relations between police and constituents grow even more contentious after a rash of officer-involved shootings, OPD then faces internal turmoil: accusations of sexual misconduct, a racist texting scandal, and the resignation of a staggering three police chiefs in just nine days. THE FORCE is a gritty microcosm of the racial and societal tensions plaguing cities and police forces across the U.S., and it doesn’t shy away from exposing the underlying issues causing this friction. Above all, the film illustrates that the divide between good intentions and actual implementation is often very wide—and trying to enact measurable change is a deeply flawed process that’s perpetually a work-in-progress. —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:40 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:10 PM
Akron Art Museum
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 8:30 PM
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Peter Nicks was born in Akron, Ohio and spent the first few years of his life in Shaker Heights. He received a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.A. from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied documentary filmmaking. Nicks is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Open'hood. He won an Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine for the America's Investigative Reports (AIR).
"The Waiting Room" (2012), THE FORCE (2017)
Linda Davis, Lawrence Lerew, Peter Nicks