Thursday, April 26

Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2018

Crime + Punishment

Buy Tickets

Boston Premiere

Expected to be in attendance: Director Stephen Maing and Subjects

Genre: Documentary Feature
Runtime: 114 minutes
Director: Stephen Maing

Meet the NYPD12: a group of minority whistleblower officers who risk everything to expose racially discriminatory policing practices and smash the blue wall of silence. Crime + Punishment is a captivating and cinematic investigation into the New York Police Department’s outlawed practices of quota-driven policing and officer retaliation. Using secret recordings between officers and commanders, firsthand accounts, and emotional testimony, the NYPD12 detail the explosive truth when no one else will listen. In the meantime, Manuel Gomez, an ex-cop turned private investigator, collects testimony from young minorities who have been affected by these policies and targeted by officers in the name of fighting crime.

Stunning cinematography and intimate, character-driven access peel back the layers of institutional bias, exposing a need to re-examine problematic departmental policies that taint officer morale and erode public trust. Told from the rarely heard perspective of active whistleblower officers and the young men and women of color they police, Crime + Punishment is a once-in-a-generation film that considers the complexities of police work when faced with the unjust systemic and institutional practices fueling social justice movements across the U.S.

—Sundance Film Festival guide

Crime + Punishment: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

“Maing, with the help of his brave subjects and the damning evidence they collect, breaks down how racist outcomes are the result of tribalism, bureaucracy, and money.” – Matt Goldberg, Collider

“Maing doesn’t seek to offer any solutions; instead, he does something that we often fail to do in our embattled society, he gives these particular officers and the people that they police their humanity back.” – Aramide A. Tinubu, Shadow and Act

“Stephen Maing has crafted a powerful commentary on the state of municipal law enforcement.” – Lisa Trifone, Third Coast Review