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Dir. Yance Ford
87 min

Director Yance Ford Attending

In the United States, police have been granted extraordinary power over our individual lives. The police determine who is suspicious and who ‘fits the description.’ They define the threats and decide how to respond. They demand obedience and carry the constant threat of violence. Thousands of these interactions play out in our cities and towns every day, according to real and perceived ideas of criminality and threats to social order—as decided by the police. Police make the abstract power of the state real.

Power traces the accumulation of money, the consolidation of political power, and the nearly unrestricted bipartisan support that has created the institution of policing as we know it. The film offers a visceral and immersive journey to demonstrate how we’ve arrived at this moment in history, from the slave patrols of the 1700’s and the first publicly funded police departments of the 1800’s to the uprisings of the 1960’s and 2020’s.

Content advisory: violence, themes of abuse

Film Details

Release Year: 2024
Runtime: 87 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Netflix
Tags: BIPOC Lens, Criminal Justice, Documentary, Guest Attending, History, Human Rights, Politics, Social Justice


Director: Yance Ford
Executive Producer: Jon Bardin, Dan Cogan, Liz Garbus, Anya Rous
Producer: Yance Ford, Jessica Devaney, Netsanet Negussie, Sweta Vohra
Cinematographer: Julia Liu
Editor: Ian Olds
Composer: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe


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