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Academy Award–nominated director Yance Ford returns with a deeply researched and moving investigation into US police forces. Flowing between the past and the ever-charged present, Ford draws distinct lines from the colonial roots of the police — highlighting the institution’s origins, which embraced violence to maintain social control through slave patrols and the displacement of Indigenous peoples — to the streams of bodycam and cellphone footage we see today, which have marked social movements like Black Lives Matter. Rather than preventing crime, it seems that creating and controlling a social hierarchy is the guiding principle of the nation’s policing. Interviews with community advocates and police officers contrast personal experiences with the structural realities that shape our collective understanding of the “overseer.” Driven to contain perceived threats to the social order, policing in the United States has exploded in both scope and scale over hundreds of years. Now, it can be described in one word: Power.

Please note: Some of the film's content may be distressing or disturbing, including depictions of violence.


  • Director(s)

    • Yance Ford
  • Producer(s)

    • Sweta Vohra
    • Jess Devaney
    • Yance Ford
    • Netsanet Negussie
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Anya Rous
    • Dan Cogan
    • Jon Bardin
    • Liz Garbus
  • Writer(s)

    • Ian Olds
    • Yance Ford
  • Editor(s)

    • Ian Olds
  • Cinematography

    • Julia C Liu
  • Composer

    • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
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