Skip to content

Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon

Media artists and social activists Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke’s film speaks to the history of police violence in our society, providing a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland and its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, redlining, and gentrification practices. Through conversations with community leaders that include Walidah Imarisha, author of the “Oregon Black History Timeline,” JoAnn Hardesty, and Rev. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform, Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch, and Kent Ford, founder of the Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party, the filmmakers explore alternatives to current policing practices and consider strategies for community safety that do not employ constant surveillance and unneeded violence.

Genres: Documentary, Political

Other Films by Jodi Darby

CultureTrauma

A cinematic essay using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels, and home movies on what it means to have come of age in the 1970s in the United States. Judges Award: Best Essay.

An Evening with Jodi Darby

Portland filmmaker and educator Jodi Darby has been making festival rounds with her award-winning 2014 documentary Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland Oregon, which she co-directed with Julie Perini and Erin Yanke. Darby will join audiences at the Northwest Film Center to present a program of some of her earlier short works, including Stonewall (2010),

Other Films by Julie Perini

The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown

Rita bo brown is a white, working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. Part of the George Jackson Brigade, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group operating in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s,

Impressions of Portland

An understated and powerful evocation of the history of violent racial incidents that lies hidden behind the placid street life of contemporary Portland.