An explosive examination of race relations in Canada, Nova Scotia director Cory Bowles' incendiary debut feature follows an African-Canadian cop who is racially profiled (by his own police force) while off duty in his home city of Halifax. His growing frustration and indignation with Canadian society's racial divide soon lead him to take justice into his own hands. He may have justifiable and intense frustrations, but what will be the consequences of his actions? Moreover, can he himself justify them "by any means necessary"? Bowles' film combines a gritty street realism with stylish passages filled with a startling poetry of anguish and anger, and features a powerful performance by Ronnie Rowe. BLACK COP's bold confrontation with unappealing truths about today's society makes for hard-hitting drama. A multiple award winner (Best Film and Best Director, 2017 Atlantic Film Festival; Best Canadian Feature, 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival), BLACK COP announces the arrival of a potent, provocative new voice in contemporary Canadian cinema. (Note courtesy of Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute.) DIR/SCR Cory Bowles; PROD Aaron Horton. Canada, 2017, color, 91 min. NOT RATED
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Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia. Over the course of a diverse, prolific career, he has been a writer, actor, choreographer and director. Bowles wrote and directed award-winning short films THE SCAVENGERS (2008), HEART OF RHYME (2011), ANATOMY OF ASSISTANCE (2013) and RIGHTEOUS (2014). In addition, he has been both a longtime cast member and director on the popular TV series TRAILER PARK BOYS. BLACK COP is his first feature film.
"A nervy, queasy combination of jet-black satire and stylized psychodrama, BLACK COP lands smack in the middle of the Black Lives Matter debate. The timing couldn't be more opportune — and better still, the movie genuinely engages with the issue of racial profiling and police violence." – Now Magazine
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