A 1985 Portland protest seen in new film Arresting Power has the same message as protests today.
While millions of Americans have recently turned out in the streets to protest racial bias in policing, some activists have been busily documenting those protests. Over the past four years, the three women team of co-directors behind new documentaryArresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland put together an 84-minute film that feels like an oral history of police brutality in one city.
A feminist protest march in August 1970, as seen in She's Beautiful When She's Angry. Photo: Diana Davies
Present day. Women and men wear red and boost signs bearing the message: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS WOMEN. From the rally stage, a woman speaks into a microphone. “We should have the right to choose,” she says.
In 1967 movie Wait Until Dark, a sadistic criminal, played by Alan Arkin, traps housewife Susy (Audrey Hepburn) in her New York apartment, forcing her to fight him to the death. Watching the film recently, my mind toggled back and forth between critiquing its ludicrous plot and surrendering to the terror it depicts. What lends such an absurd movie such real power over my mind?
It’s the boogieman no kids talk about on playdates or at birthday parties. You don’t mention it in the living room, on the porch, or by the baby’s crib. It’s the dark feeling you don’t know how to put into words, the one that keeps you up at night and haunts you during the day as a parent or caretaker. It’s the Babadook.