The Blue Wall


Isabel Bader Theatre Tue, May 1, 2018 9:00 PM
Hart House Theatre Wed, May 2, 2018 12:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Thu, May 3, 2018 9:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
Crime & Punishment
Journalism & the Media
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Richard Rowley
Producer(s):Jamie Kalven
Jacqueline Soohen
Executive Producer(s):Michael Bloom
Adam Pincus
Jacqueline Soohen
Dan Cogan
Jenny Raskin
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Ken Nolan
Brian Kenney
Editor(s):Francisco Bello
Writer(s):Richard Rowley
Cinematography:Richard Rowley
Karim Hajj
Composer:Brian McOmber
Sound:Matt Vogel
Tyler Lang
Dustin Berta


With "16 shots and a cover-up," officer Jason Van Dyke thought he'd gotten away with the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald The Chicago Police Department, attempting to skirt public outrage over another police killing of an African-American child, fabricated the story that the high school student forced Van Dyke to shoot. But over 300 days later, journalists and activists finally managed to break through the "blue wall" of silence, revealing video evidence that enraged the nation. Director Rick Rowley ushers us through the development and takedown of a vast conspiracy to conceal murder that extended all the way to sitting mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. And now, as the case lingers in court, we are granted a sobering look at the insidious and entrenched nature of anti-Blackness in policing, along with the power that comes from a community committed to seeing that justice is served. Nataleah Hunter-Young

Additional Information

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