The Force

The Force

A FILM BY: Peter Nicks
WRITTEN BY: Linda Davis

Presented as part of THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL

Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’s vérité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent—a young, clear-eyed idealist—in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. Whent’s intentions and calls for transparency are immediately met with enthusiasm, but as his tenure begins, the realities of his department’s scandal-plagued past coincide with fresh accusations of brutality and harassment.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP