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Directed by Peter Nicks

United States 2017 95 mins. In English

Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) spent two years embedded with the Oakland Police Department to chronicle its efforts to recast itself as a positive force in the community. As new chief (new Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw was a Deputy Chief in Oakland then) Sean Whent leads the effort to reform an embattled force, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparks a popular uprising demand police accountability and racial justice in Oakland and across the nation. “Gripping. Inspiring. Brutally honest.”—Screen Daily. “Hypnotic and eye-opening. I could have watched it for hours more.”—Bilge Eberi, LA Weekly.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.