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  December 1, 2017

Peter Nicks: The Force

The documentary filmmaker discusses his new film The Force, about the Oakland Police Department.


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Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.



Peter Nicks previously directed The Waiting Room about healthcare in Oakland. His latest movie, The Force, goes inside the Oakland Police Department, which is attempting to make internal reforms, but faces an uphill battle. The film follows young, idealized police recruits at the beginning of their training and traces how they were later changed by the job. Although his subjects in his film are flawed, Nicks felt it was important to paint them as humanized, three-dimensional police officers. He says his films are asking the audience to not just point to the institutional failures of the criminal justice system, health care and education, but also to examine the root causes of these failures. A third film about Oakland's education system is forthcoming. Photo by Kino Lorber

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