Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

Special Screening! Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Addiction & Mental Health
American Culture & Issues
Crime & the Justice System
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stanley Nelson
Producer(s):Stanley Nelson
Cameo George
Naimah Jabali-Nash
Keith Brown
Nicole London
Executive Producer(s):Marcia Smith
Editor(s):Lewis Erskine
Cinematography:Eli Gamson
Sound:Benny Mouthon, CAS


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In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy offers a searing, in-depth look into this defining moment in American history and how it continues to be deeply felt more than 30 years later. Piecing together a collage of archival news footage, compelling interviews and 80s hip hop, award-winning filmmaker and Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Stanley Nelson peels back the layers of an era to reveal how crack decimated Black and brown communities and rocked the nation. From Ronald Reagan’s “War on Drugs” to stories of families torn apart, Nelson examines not only the personal devastation caused by the drug, but also the shadowy origins of the crisis and the resultant, ongoing marginalization of Black and brown people trapped by the US prison and healthcare systems. Includes an exclusive conversation with Stanley Nelson about the making of the film.

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 Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy and its Q&A are presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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  • Variety - FEATURE director Stanley Nelson
  • POV Magazine - INTERVIEW with director Stanley Nelson 

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