Video: Watch the Trailer for Netflix Documentary POWER

The documentary is directed by Academy Award-nominated Yance Ford.

By: Apr. 22, 2024
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Netflix has just released the trailer for the upcoming documentary Power, which looks at the history of the police force in the United States

The film is directed by Yance Ford, who previously was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary Strong Island, which chronicled the murder of his brother. Ford co-wrote Power with Ian Olds.

Power will be released in theaters on May 10, 2024, before its Netflix debut on May 17, 2024


In the United States, police have been granted extraordinary power over our individual lives. The police decide 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 1700s and the first publicly funded police departments of the 1800s to the uprisings of the 1960s and 2020s.

Part essay, part interview, and part archival collage, POWER uses historical materials to illustrate our contemporary realities and examines urgent questions about a growing and largely unchecked authority—who is policed, who is protected, who gets to decide, and why.


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