Profiled is a feature length documentary that knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latin unarmed youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.
Driven by anger when their demands for justice are ignored the women transition from grieving parents to activists participating in the grass roots movement now spreading across the country since the much-publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Moving interviews with victims’ family members are juxtaposed with sharply etched analyses by evolutionary biologist, Joseph L. Graves, Jr. (The Race Myth ) and civil rights lawyer, Chauniqua D. Young (Center for Constitutional Rights).
With a wealth of contemporary footage, unique motion graphics, charcoal portraits of the victims by artist/poet, Fay Chiang, paintings by Jacob Lawrence and linoleum prints by Lin Shi Khan and Tony Perez, Profiled gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time.
See Profiled’s trailer.
Profiled is distributed by Women Make Movies, a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization and the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women with a focus on cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today's headlines.
This year's post-election period revealed deep societal divisions that prompted acts of violence and other forms of intolerance. In response, WMM is promoting films like Profiled that cultivate transformative conversations on the issues.
Profiled remains as relevant as it was when it came out in 2016. Recently It has been shown at the film festival Impugning Impunity, ALBA’s Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and two community screenings: Newark Anti-Violence Coalition at Newark Public Library, NJ and Alliance of Families for Justice, Trinity Episcopal Church, in Saugerties, NY. Screenings are followed by talk-backs that have demonstrated the importance people are placing on these discussions.
We would like Profiled to reach more grass roots communities across the nation. To this end, the Profiled team is raising funds to do the necessary research to find partners and venues for the screenings, organize those screenings, maintain the website, promote the film through social media and newsletters, and cover travel expenses for panelists.
A Spanish language version has been developed to appeal to Hispanic communities and a 15-page Discussion Guide has been created to be used as a tool to stimulate the involvement of audiences at screenings. Its aim, like that of the film, is to encourage discussion on the critical issues of race and racism in the U.S. today. It also serves as a call to action, inspiring viewers to join with others in multiracial unity to fight racism and racial profiling.
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