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Attend Doc Talk, September 17 at 1 PM

Doc Studies presents:

Monday, September 17 at 1 PM

Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue


Directed by Stephen Maing

2018, 115 min.

Screening and Q & A with filmmaker


“A triumph of documentary filmmaking” — Tim Wu, The New York

“A powerful and suspenseful film, part detective story and part courtroom drama, fueled by a potent mix of curiosity and indignation and full of memorable characters.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times ***NY Times Critic’s Pick***

They are delighted to open this Fall’s Doc Talk screening series with the extraordinary new feature documentary by Stephen Maing. A deep and incisive look at the corruption within the NYPD, Crime + Punishment chronicles the lives and struggle of minority police officers, an innocent teenager imprisoned at Rikers Island, and one exceptional private investigator. Determined to fight for a more just system of policing in their city, the group of black and Latino whistleblower cops known as NYPD12 break the silence and speak out against the so-called quota system that is supposed to be illegal but continues to dictate policy in their precincts. The film gradually exposes the harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and disproportionately affected the poor and minority communities of New York for decades.

Executive-produced by Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, The Oath), this remarkable film had already won several awards at major festivals including the Special Jury Award at Sundance. Critics have described it as “…Vital, necessary, and groundbreaking” (Eric Hynes, Film Comment). Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) says, “Crime + Punishment is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable.

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life told the fascinating story of two of China’s first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on PBS’ award-winning series P.O.V. He has directed films for the New York TimesTime MagazineThe NationThe Intercept and Field of Vision. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow.

Please join them for this screening and Q&A with acclaimed director Stephen Maing, hosted and moderated by Amir Husak, Director of Documentary Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Media Studies.

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