In Crime + Punishment, hailed as one of the most riveting documentaries of the year, director Stephen Maing investigates illegal racial quotas in the New York Police Department, a big-picture problem told through the eyes of a dozen police officers who faced ostracism and more to blow the whistle on the practice, which destroyed countless lives. Just outside the city, in suburban Long Island, Yance Ford’s subject is also race and policing, but his look is intensely, gut-wrenchingly personal. Ford returns to the shooting of his big brother William by a white man, a murder that was never prosecuted, and for which police somehow managed “to turn my brother into the prime suspect in his own murder,” as Ford notes in Strong Island, nominated for this year’s Academy Award for best documentary. Maing and Ford speak with Topher Sanders, who covers racial inequality for the investigative news organization ProPublica.
Session Category : 2018