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The award-winning documentary,

The award-winning documentary,

The Cinema Studies Program, the College of Art, and the Public Cinema invite you to a free showing of the timely and award-winning documentary film, Peace Officer. It will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 6:30 on Tuesday, November 17. Co-director Brad Barber will attend the screening and talk with us about the film. Peace Officer focuses on a smart, cool-headed, and persistent man who sees and has experienced both sides of the issue. William "Dub" Lawrence was the sheriff in his rural Utah county in the '70s who established the SWAT team in his area during his term. Three decades later, the very same SWAT team that he himself founded killed his son-in-law after an hours-long confrontation.

The film won the Best Documentary award at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and had garnered a number of other accolades. Here are a sample of reviews:

The first major documentary on a topic of fast-rising public interest — the increasing militarization of U.S. police departments — "Peace Officer" turns out to be as engrossing and well crafted as it is timely" -- VARIETY

"Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson's half "The Thin Blue Line" - style crime procedural, half political study about the militarization and overreach of police, is a refreshingly objective and levelheaded documentary that's as culturally relevant as it is expertly paced and captivating." -- INDIEWIRE

"A powerful and important film about policing tactics that have crept into everyday usage with little scrutiny" -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber's "Peace Officer" is the most level-headed treatment I have seen so far in the growing debate over police use of deadly force." -- ROGEREBERT.COM

You can learn more about the film and see a trailer here:

We hope you'll be able to join us.

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