ANIMATING THE TORTURE LETTERS: The Scars of Being Policed While Black

Sept. 8, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020, New York University's Center for Media, Culture and History will host a virtual screening and discussion of Laurence Ralph's The Torture Letters (12:50 mins, New York Times Op-Doc). The film is based off of Ralph's book The Torture Letters: Reckoning With Police Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Ralph will be in conversation with Joan Morgan (Program Director, NYU Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture) and David Dent (Journalism, Social & Cultural Analysis).

Note: attendees may also view the Op-Doc, The Torture Letters (12:50 mins) at any time prior to the start of the event through this link

“Based on more than a decade of research, this Op-Doc serves as an instant primer on the roots of police violence. Right now, somewhere in the United States, similar episodes of police violence are still playing out.This film is meant for everyone who has felt alone and violated after being subjected to police violence. It’s also for anyone who has wept over the memory of a victim or taken to the streets in protest” – Laurence Ralph, New York Times, June 30, 2020

This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required.

Laurence Ralph created the film as part of “Policing Urban America,” a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project that builds on over a decade of his research.

Film edited by Jeffrey Himpele, director of the VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization.