Policing/Criminal Justice

12th and Clairmount

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America’s most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film — produced by the Detroit Free Press — fuses illustrations with rare archival footage from the era, including newsreel,... Read more

An American Tragedy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

In 1989, 17-year-old Kelli Hall was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in St. Charles by Jeffrey Ferguson and an accomplice. Ferguson was eventually caught and convicted, receiving a death sentence; he was executed nearly 25 years after the crime, in 2014. During the... Read more

Crime + Punishment

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

Amid a landmark class-action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, “Crime + Punishment” chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest in New York City. With... Read more

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Monday, November 5 at 9:30pm
Sunday, November 11 at 12:00pm

In apartheid-era South Africa, the residents of the remote town of Marseilles are the victims of a brutal police force, and only the young “Five Fingers” are willing to stand up to the oppressors. When hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion, his... Read more

Medium Cool

Saturday, November 3 at 3:00pm

It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler (“In the Heat of the Night,” “Bound for Glory”) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. “Medium Cool,” his debut feature, plunges... Read more

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked... Read more

The Sentence

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s “The Sentence” — which won an Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — offers a searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing. The documentary tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank, a mother... Read more