Thurs., Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m.
In The Public Interest
Directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe • 84 min • USA • 2015 • Not Rated
Our “In the Public Interest” series returns with the 2015 Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize. The harrowing documentary (T)error is the first to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Unfolding with the drama and intrigue of a spy novel, (T)error follows Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a 63-year-old black revolutionary turned informant, as he takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI, and invites filmmakers to document his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist—without informing his superiors. As surprising revelations emerge, not only about Torres’ past, but also about the increasingly murky ethical grounds of his present mission, (T)error explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there.
“There’s a moment in Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s excellent (T)error in which everyone in the audience will instantly sit up and move forward in their seat, expressing shock with their body language. I almost wish I could see it in a theater just to witness it….[T]his is a fascinating piece of work that approaches Citizenfour in its deconstruction of governmental failure and the systems underneath the war on terror that are not only failing to keep us safe but impacting the entire world political scene.” —Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com (full review)
“(T)error is something in between Burn After Reading and a Dostoevsky novel, except everything happens for real.” —Aleksandr Gorbachev, Newsweek (full review)
“(T)error, like the punctuation in its title suggests, goes from being a tense procedural and absorbing character study to an astonishing, real-life satire about the surveillance state.” —Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture (full review)
Watch the trailer for (T)error: