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A film by Kathleen Foster
US, 2016, 52 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W161190
Profiled knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latino youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S. Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods.

Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, PROFILED bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for Black and Latino people in this country. Moving interviews with victims’ family members are juxtaposed with sharply etched analyses by evolutionary biologist, Joseph L.Graves, Jr, (The Race Myth) and civil rights lawyer, Chauniqua D. Young, (Center for Constitutional Rights, Stop and Frisk lawsuit). PROFILED gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time.

A discussion guide is available here.


Paul Robeson Award Honorary Mention, The Newark Black Film Festival

  • Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival
  • San Diego Black Film Festival
  • Workers Unite Film Festival
  • Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
  • Brazilian International Labour Film Festival: Mostra CineTrabalho

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    "Unlike the dozens of films out there documenting the most recent wave of racist state violence, Kathleen Foster’s “Profiled” is neither tragedy nor spectacle. It is inspirational. The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, teachers, students, artists, neighbors, and organizers who tell their stories share a single message: mourn and organize, unite and fight. This stops today."
    Robin D. G. Kelley, PhD
    Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History, UCLA

    "Profiled is a powerful documentary and a crucial contribution to the discussion of race and racism in America – both in terms of its economic and ideological impact.”
    Pat Keeton
    Professor of Communication Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey

    "Excellent! A very real film showing statistics and accurate data of how our families were brutalized then, during our ancestors' time and now! This has to stop! We are more than hashtags and body bags."
    Tawanda Jones
    Activist & Sister of Tyrone West

    “Foster’s superb documentary is part anthropology, part history and completely on message for here and NOW. The film’s topic is extraordinarily relevant as racial profiling has certainly become the center of explosive controversy in media and society. A must see !"
    Ricky Bernstein, Series Coordinator
    Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series on BLACK LIVES MATTER

    “…vibrant, empathetic, and intelligently realized work… Thank you for your work, your artistry, and your diligence in making it all come together.”
    Michael Royce
    Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts

    "… thought-provoking…shows the continued stark disparities in our racial justice system, particularly against African Americans and Latinos… the issue of racial profiling is not a new one; rather it aims to keep our attention trained on it so that we may create solutions."
    Helen Yuen
    Reginald F. Lewis Museum of MD Africa American History & Culture

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