Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, September 29:
A profile of members of a citizen’s rights group dedicated to exposing police abuses.
Hall’s film focuses on We Copwatch, a loosely organized network of concerned individuals who have made it their mission to bear witness to police activity – and abuses – by exercising their legal right to film them. Not surprisingly, law enforcement doesn’t seem particularly responsive to this idea, particularly when We Copwatch activists capture such disturbing footage like the chokehold arrest of Eric Garner which then goes viral. The film checks in with Ramsey Orta, who witnessed that galvanizing incident, and ended up in jail for his trouble, as well as Kevin Moore, who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray. Hall struggles to find the proper balance between telling the personal stories of her subjects and chronicling their copwatching activities, making for a not wholly satisfying project compared to other recent films addressing similar themes.