7:15 pm | 53 minutes | The director, Kathleen Foster, and others, will be present for a discussion following the movie.
PROFILED knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin 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. Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. PROFILED bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for black and Latin people in this country and gives us a window into one of the burning issues of our time. Since the much-publicized death of Amadou Diallo in 1999, more than 300 Black and Latin youths have died in shootings by the NYPD. Today communities nationwide are demanding accountability for the rampant casualties and continuing racial inequalities. The time to face these systemic inequities as a society is now.
Kathleen Foster is the director and producer of PROFILED. She is the British-born, New York-based independent producer and director of cutting-edge films about social justice. Her films have been screened at a variety of national and international venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, the Anthology Film Archives, the World Performing Arts Festival (Lahore, Pakistan), the Rubin Museum, New York, Columbia, UCLA, Howard, and Princeton Universities, among many others. Her current project, PROFILED, continues her commitment to films about social justice.
“Foster’s superb documentary is part anthropology, part history and completely on message for here and NOW. The film’s topic is extraordinarily relevant as racial profiling has certainly become the center of explosive controversy in media and society. A must see!”
– Ricky Bernstein, Series Coordinator Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series on BLACK LIVES MATTER
PROFILED Trailer from KATHLEEN FOSTER on Vimeo.
Kathleen Foster is the director and producer of PROFILED. She is a British-born, New York-based, independent producer and director of cutting-edge films about social justice. Her work has screened nationally and internationally at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, the Queens Museum, the Brussels Fiction and Documentary Festival (Belgium), the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival (France), the World Performing Arts Festival (Lahore, Pakistan), Cinema Village, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Anthology Film Archives, New York University, Columbia University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, UCLA, Howard University, and Princeton University. Etc. Her current project, PROFILED, released in Spring 2016, continues her commitment to films about social justice.
Natasha Duncan is the elder sister of Shantel Davis, a 23 year old shot and killed through the open window of her car in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on June 14 2012.
Natasha is still trying to bring the police officer who shot Shantel to court.
She holds a vigil in memory of her sister every year on the anniversary of her death.
In 2013 she founded “Hoops for Justice ” a yearly basket ball tournament in remembrance of Shantel and Kimani Gray, a 16 year also murdered in East Flatbush, almost one year later.
A quote from Natasha: ” Dozens of young men and their supporters will assemble to compete in a basketball tournament unlike any other in the neighborhood this summer. They compete not only for prizes and prestige, but also to stand for a positive vision of their community. This tournament was brought together by tragedy and now we want to bring the community together in celebration of Shantel & Kimani’s life.”
Dr. Joseph Graves
The film provides a much-needed political and historical context through the insights of, evolutionary biologist, Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr., (The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America)
“We don’t have biological races: We do have socially defined races and much of the difficulty that our societies struggle from is this social cultural history.”
As Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Chauniqua Young was one of the team of attorneys who pressed the successful federal class action lawsuit against discriminatory stop-and-frisk policies by the New York Police Department.
Principal, Park Slope Collegiate:
Quote at a special school assembly after the death of Michael Brown.
” We are seeing something happening in our lifetime that we have never seen before. The fact that we need to remind ourselves and other people that Black lives matter is not the world that we want. It is however a world that is ours to change.”