The Dakota Entrapment Tapes

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Made In Northern Ireland
Film Subjects:America
Crime & Intrigue
Families & Family Relationships
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Trevor Birney
Producer(s):Trevor Birney
Mairead Kelly
Executive Producer(s):Brendan Byrne
Michael Fanning
Editor(s):Andy Tohill
Michael Paisley
Writer(s):Trevor Birney
Cinematography:Mark Garrett
Composer:James Everett
Sound:Michael McKnight


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In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don’t lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later. What Andrew’s friends and family didn’t know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force that had been secretly operating for years. As details of Andrew’s double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels. Following the Sadek family’s fight for the truth about how their son was killed, the film skilfully uncovers the forces at play in his death and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs, on a college campus that didn’t have a drug problem. Shane Smith

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Co-presented with Toronto True Crime Film Festival

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