Copwatch

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm

In Ferguson, Michael Brown died after being shot by police. In New York, Eric Garner died after a chokehold by police. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died being transported by police. The names of these men have been burned into our public consciousness, and the videos of their deaths broadcast around the globe. They horrified us, made us reevaluate the way we look at the world, and ignited a movement to show that their lives mattered. But there are stories that have not yet been told surrounding these events: stories not about what happened in front of the cameras but about who stood behind them. Copwatching is a nonviolent way to observe police activity and record it, with the dual goal of exposing misconduct and using a physical presence to prevent it. “Copwatch” sheds light on the group We Copwatch and features an array of unlikely heroes, including David Whitt of Ferguson, Jacob Crawford of Oakland, Ramsey Orta of New York, and Kevin Moore of Baltimore. We Copwatch’s men and women, from different races and backgrounds, have dedicated their lives to creating a better future for their children and communities. Granted unprecedented access, including footage never seen before publicly, “Copwatch” defines and personalizes a public narrative that is playing out across America every day.

Free
2017
99 min.

Directed by

Camilla Hall

Country

U.S.

Film Category

Human Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

African American Media Policing/Criminal Justice
With subject David Whitt and scholar Rhaisa Williams, postdoctoral fellow in Washington U.’s Performing Arts Department.