The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, the Capri Theater and the Minnesota Historical Society, present “Crime + Punishment,” with a post-film conversation led by Minneapolis attorney James Selmer Jan. 3.
“Crime + Punishment” chronicles the real lives and struggles of 12 Black and Latino New York City whistleblower cops who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices that have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades. These practices include a strict system that requires police officers to meet a monthly quota of arrests and summons. The film also follows the case of Pedro Hernandez, a victim of this quota practice who was imprisoned in Rikers Island for more than a year for a crime he did not commit.
Director Stephen Maing had unprecedented access to the New York Police Department (NYPD) and shot the film over a period of four years.
“Through sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, (the film) tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself,” wrote Alan Scherstuhl in The Village Voice.
Each First Thursday Films screening at the Capri is followed by a discussion of the movie. For “Crime + Punishment” James Selmer, president and managing partner at J. Selmer Law, P.A. in Minneapolis will lead the discussion.
This screening of “Crime + Punishment” is one of several First Thursday Films this season shown in conjunction with The “1968” exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society. The movie begins at 7 p.m. at the Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5 and can be purchased in advance at www.mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
The First Thursday series continues in February with “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” on Feb. 7, “Black Panther” on March 7, and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, with several screenings at the Capri during its April 4 – April 20 run.