Excerpt from United States v. Jean, No. 5:15-cr-50087
Blacklist is a series of public documentary film screenings
and accompanying panel sessions thematically grouped around the significant
societal and environmental challenges of our time. Themes include (yet are not
limited to) Militarisation of Police, Automated Systems and
Artificial Intelligence, Mass Surveillance, 21st Century Fascism,
Over-consumption, The 6th Mass Extinction, Food Security and Climate Change.
Each screening comprises a single newly-released documentary film and panel of
four to six guests whose members are considered experts and/or activists closely
related to the (given) theme. It is the goal of this panel to address tensions,
challenges and mitigation strategies following the screening, inviting debate
and discussion to the ends of encouraging engagement.
In short, Blacklist aims to bring attendees in contact with activists around
themes already important to them, stimulating their own 'latent activist' to get
involved toward the ends of enacting positive change.
The theme of a Blacklist event is prescribed by parent Black Sheep events, occurring a week before;
the initiative of Ziya Tong, they comprise private, ad-hoc screenings to
activists in cities worldwide. It is at a Black Sheep event that
activists volunteer to attend and publicly engage audiences at a followup
Blacklist is the project of Manon Bernard, Julian Oliver and Crystelle Vu.
Moderated by Julian Oliver
artist, critical engineer and activist
"An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in
the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson,
Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael
Brown, DO NOT RESIST - the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer
Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in
America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for
Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along
with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that
teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional
hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police
departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies
including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next."