Kenneth Turan

Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

Director Peter Nicks got more than he bargained for when he started working on "The Force," a lot more, and we are the beneficiaries.

Winner of a directing award at Sundance, this examination of the internal workings of the Oakland Police Department is the second of a projected trilogy of documentaries looking at that Northern California city's public institutions.

Nicks' first film, 2012's "The Waiting Room," was set in Oakland's Highland Hospital and won the Truer Than Fiction prize at the Independent Spirit Awards.

"The Force" takes us inside not a building but an organization, and a particularly fraught one at that. With remarkable...

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