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A Detroit minister rallies the community to shut down a drug house in an inspiring display of collective action. Now streaming.

The Atlantic:

Directed by Andrew James
Produced by Sara Archambault, Jolyn Schleiffarth, Katie Tibaldi
Cinematography by Andrew James
Edited by Andrew James
Music by Shigeto

Winner - Best Mini Doc, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Winner - Special Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)
Winner - Made in Michigan Award, Vidlings & Tapeheads
Winner - Mini Doc Award, MAST Studio
Official Selection - True/False Film Festival
Official Selection - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection - Salem Film Festival
Official Selection - Ashland Independent Film Festival
Official Selection - Freep Film Festival
Official Selection - Bozeman Doc Series
Official Selection - Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)
Official Selection - San Francisco Documentary Festival (SF DocFest)
Official Selection - Vidlings and Tapeheads
Official Selection - Traverse City Film Festival
Official Selection - Camden International Film Festival
Official Selection - Hell's Half Mile Film Series
Official Selection - BendFilm Festival
Official Selection - Charlotte Film Festival
Official Selection - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection - Durango Independent Film Festival
Official Selection - Davey Fest
Official Selection - Lake County Film Festival
Official Selection - The Atlantic Selects

"By documenting a specific act of collective action, the black-and-white Community Patrol focuses on the complexities of community policing in a Detroit neighborhood—it follows a group of ministers as they lead a march intended to disrupt the supply of a drug dealer who’s living and dealing next to a church [ . . . ] Despite its necessarily uncomfortable contents, the short both documents and further enables a needed dialogue regarding accountability and the concept of patrolling. Without editorializing, Community Patrol raises serious questions about who has the authority to control a neighborhood—as well as about how that authority is created, or maintained.”
- Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

”Shabazz features prominently in Community Patrol, an immersive piece of observational filmmaking that depicts community policing in action [ . . . ] Part of what makes Community Patrol so powerful is its ability to situate the audience directly inside the action as it unfolds. That cinema verité approach is undergirded by the time James spent with Shabazz establishing a trusting relationship.”
- Emily Buder, The Atlantic

"A companion piece to James’ recent feature, Street Fighting Men, Community Patrol is an urgent show of localized effort, a beautifully realized snapshot of hope, face-to-face accountability, acts of mercy and lifting up."
- Kentucker Audley, NoBudge

"One of the least chronicled stories in the recent stream of documentaries about Detroit is how events and policies have invigorated community activists to claim the power of self-determination in the city’s neighborhoods through creative yet pragmatic strategies. In Community Patrol, which received Best Mini Doc honors at this year’s Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, Utah filmmaker Andrew James captures one example with gripping elucidation, as Malik Shabazz, a Detroit minister and founder of the New Marcus Garvey Movement/Black Panther Nation, and followers confront a liquor convenience store owner about a known drug house in the neighborhood. Within the 13-minute duration of the film, viewers see a master class of negotiation and persuasion. Shabazz never misses a beat, as he also makes clear that the situation can be resolved without jeopardizing or compromising further the future or life of another young person."
- Les Roka, The Utah Review

It’s been widely reported that Detroit is making a comeback, but long-term residents of Detroit’s mostly black neighborhoods aren’t seeing much benefit. Crime, lack of opportunity and infrastructure problems still persist. Community Patrol explores neighborhood self-policing through the eyes of Minister Malik Shabazz, a long-time Detroit activist and community organizer. Determined that more black men don’t end up in jail or killed, the minister confronts drug offenders directly rather than reporting them to the police.

Community Patrol is supported by the Sundance Institute, the San Francisco Film Society and Film Independent.

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