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The Force presents a cinema vérité look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson and an explosive scandal. A young 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 both in Oakland and across the nation. Meanwhile, out on the street, the camera gets up close as rookie and veteran officers alike face an increasingly hostile public where dueling narratives surround each use of force. But just as the department is on the verge of a breakthrough, the man charged with turning the department around faces the greatest challenge of his career – one that could threaten not only the progress that has been made, but the authority of the institution itself. Debuting at this year's Sundance Film Festival, The Force landed the fest's U.S documentary directing award for Peter Nicks.

Screening at the Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

After the film: Detroit Free Press staff writer Christina Hall leads a discussion on police and community relations that will include Robert Dunlap, chief of jails/courts at Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Robert Thornton, senior program officer with The Skillman Foundation and Mark Fancher, staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Michigan.

Can't make it to the Saturday night screening of The Force? Catch it Saturday at Cinema Detroit: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/3872?siteToken=xqz727RTzEGBFKUDula9jQ==
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