New film in social documentary film series to be shown

Luis Martinez, Entertainment Editor

The next film to be shown as a part of the “Social Doc! Screening Series” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Coleman Hall in room 1255.

It is titled “Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon,” created by Julie Perini, Erin Yanke, and Jodi Darby.

Similar to the first session of the film screening series, Perini and Yanke will engage in a question-and-answer session with members of the audience via Skype after the film has ended.

The film takes a closer look at the history of the Portland police and the conflict between the police and the members of the Portland community during the past fifty years.

The film features personal stories of resistance, told by some of the victims of these conflicts, as well as family member of people who were killed as a result of police violence.

The film will also feature members from both Portland’s reform and abolition movements.

The directors come from the Portland area themselves and are media artists who were inspired by the radical anti-authoritarian and anti-racist movements of the past to create this documentary film.

When they are not working together documenting current social movements, Darby works as a youth media educator and filmmaker, Yanke works as the program director of KBOO Community Radio and Perini is an assistant art professor at Portland State University.

According to the press release, while the trio’s work expands over a large realm of film, video, radio, music and other mediums, “Arresting Power” will be their first feature film.

“Portland is like other cities in the United States with its problems of police brutality, yet it has a unique history of racial exclusion and white supremacy,” the press release said. “As long term residents of Portland, we witnessed the cycle of police violence, community response and repeated lack of accountability on the part of the police bureau and the city.”

The press release said the film acts as a collection of different stories and provides a broad look at the pattern of police violence during that time.

“This film comes out of a multi-racial, intergenerational social movement in Portland. It represents many voices who have been struggling on the front lines of police reform and abolition from the 1960s to the present,” the press release read. “ ‘Arresting Power’ features the true experts: parents who have lost children to police violence, people who have been victims of unjustified police beatings and intimidation themselves, and community organizers working in a grassroots manner to build community power and make change in the city.”


Luis Martinez can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]