Cincinnati Goddamn is a documentary about the police killing of black men in Cincinnati and the 2001 civil unrest that rocked the city for three days.
In April 2001, riots were sparked in Cincinnati after 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African American man, was shot and killed by a Cincinnati Police Department patrolman during an attempt to arrest him for non-violent misdemeanors. This documentary shows other Cincinnati deaths prior to Timothy Thomas, the struggles for justice in our city, and the Collaborative Agreement that came from it. More recently, police shootings of African American men in Ferguson and elsewhere have received media attention. If you want to understand the struggles we are facing across the country today, this is a “must see” film.
This feature-length documentary is about police brutality, anti-black racism, and the power of activism in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1995-2001 there were fifteen black men killed by the Cincinnati police. The film focuses on two of those murders, Roger Owensby, Jr and Timothy Thomas. Martin Luther King said that “A riot is the cry of the unheard.” Thomas’s death sparked three days of civil unrest and protests. This poignant and powerful story of injustice is told through news reports, first-person accounts and cinema verité footage of the surviving families’ long-suffering battle for justice.
Cincinnati Goddamn creates a platform to discuss the killing of Black men by police and gives voice to the families who have suffered in silence and have been let down by the judicial system. In addition to laying bare the emotional toll that the deaths of Roger Owensby, Jr. and Timothy Thomas took on their families, Cincinnati Goddamn details the tactics used by Cincinnati’s grassroots activist groups to reform the police department. The Cincinnati Black United Front, a coalition of activists and clergy, was able to work with the American Civil Liberties Union, the city of Cincinnati and the Department of Justice to craft and implement new policies and procedures that drastically reformed the police department. This historic model of reform known as the “Collaborative Agreement” is now being widely used in police departments throughout the United States in cities such as New Orleans and Oakland.
Cincinnati Goddamn comes to Heritage UU Church on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary. This showing is made possible with support from Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP).
Film synopsis and trailer at: http://www.cincinnatigoddamn.com/
For more information, contact Louise Lawarre at RacialJustice@huuc.net.