No Visible Trauma, 98 min (theatrical) & 52 min (TV) / Above the Law, 44 min (TV), 2020
In the midst of a global uprising against police brutality and systemic racism, No Visible Trauma / Above the Law examines a deeply troubled police department and reveals the devastating consequences of unchecked police brutality. Despite its relatively low crime rates, recent years have seen the Calgary Police Service shoot and kill more people than officers in any other Canadian city, and more than either the New York or Chicago police departments in 2018. Five years in the making, the film unravels the intertwined stories of three individuals who were the victims of extreme violence at the hands of police officers. From the kidnapping and beating of a young immigrant from Ghana, to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a “wellness check”, the film exposes a criminal justice system that fails to hold police officers accountable for their actions.
No Visible Trauma had its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival!
Other past or upcoming festival screenings include DOK.fest München, NorthwestFest, Yellowknife International FF, ReFrame FF, Available Light FF, Millennium Documentary FF (Brussels), Kingston Canadian FF, and Calgary’s CUFF.Docs (where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature).
No Visible Trauma was presented at the AIDC Factory 2020: Rough Cut Sessions
Above the Law is available for free in Canada on CBC Gem.
Listen to interviews with the filmmakers on CBC’s Front Burner, Alberta Advantage, CJSW’s Palgary Almanac, CJSR’s Moving Radio, ELMNT FM’s Moment of Truth, Face2Face, and CBC Radio’s Calgary Eyeopener and Edmonton AM.
Above the Law is a nominee for the Canadian Screen Award’s 2021 Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program.
Directed & Edited by Marc Serpa Francoeur & Robinder Uppal
Produced by Geoff Morrison, Marc Serpa Francoeur, & Robinder Uppal
Cinematography by Daniel Froidevaux & Robinder Uppal
Score by Christine Bougie & Joel Visentin
International Sales: CAT&Docs
Produced by Lost Time Media & Big Cedar Films in participation with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CMF (Canada Media Fund), and the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund