Crime + Punishment


TIFF Lightbox 1 Thu, May 3, 2018 6:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 4, 2018 12:45 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:The Good Fight
Film Subjects:America
Crime & Punishment
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stephen Maing
Producer(s):Stephen Maing
Ross Tuttle
Eric Daniel Metzgar
Executive Producer(s):Laura Poitras
Charlotte Cook (for Field of Vision)
Editor(s):Eric Daniel Metzgar
Stephen Maing
Cinematography:Stephen Maing
Composer:Brendon Anderegg
Andrew Lafkas


Who do the police serve and protect if not, at the very least, themselves? Twelve Black and Latino NYPD cops are speaking out after facing retaliation from fellow officers for refusing to participate in illegal summons and arrest quotas—the same practice that precipitated the 2014 murder of Eric Garner. Officer Sandy Gonzales is being publicly humiliated, Edwin Raymond can't get promoted, and a pregnant Felicia Whitely is bullied into pre-term labour. With these arrests and summonses accounting for over $900 million of the city's annual budget, departments explicitly demand that Black youth be targeted on bogus charges despite quotas being banned since 2010. What can be expected from the officers' class-action suit when the city is literally banking on the incarceration of Black lives? Crime + Punishment probes the system of policing's deeply embedded contradictions while revealing the unsustainable human cost paid by those sworn to its defence. Nataleah Hunter-Young

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