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September 22–28, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Copwatch


"Copwatch does best when going back to the source of activism's power... This is the angriest, loudest way to go about peace, love and understanding"
  —Paste Magazine

Copwatch is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability. Director Camilla Hall profiles several We Copwatch members, including Kevin Moore, who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner's fatal Staten Island arrest in the devastating video that has galvanized protestors and activists nationwide. However, Orta is the only person involved in these incidents who has seen the inside of a jail cell, paying a price for his heroic efforts.

In her powerful directorial debut, Hall crafts an intriguing and incredibly timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists who are seeking to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence. (Tribeca Film Festival)

Directed by Camilla Hall, U.S.A., 2017, 99 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 22 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 23 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 24 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs. Sept. 26–28 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation