Afro Prairie Film Festival - Black Cop @ Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg [24 February]

Afro Prairie Film Festival - Black Cop


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24
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21:30 - 23:30

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Winnipeg Cinematheque
Main Floor - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H3
Saturday, February 24 / 9:00 PM — Cinematheque
Black Cop
Directed by Corey Bowles
2017, Canada, 91 mins
«Black Cop» is just one of many names slapped on the lead character in director Cory Bowles' film. He also gets called a sellout, a rogue police officer, a dirty cop, a bogeyman, and an avenger. Sick and tired of witnessing — and living — the systematic abuse of black people, Black Cop (Ronnie Rowe Jr., in an enthralling performance) rejects peaceful advocacy, instead inflicting on the white oppressor what the oppressor has inflicted on his people: the violent abuse of power. By consciously and calculatingly taking control of the terror rather than submitting to it, Black Cop reveals its protagonist as a conundrum. — Magali Simard, TIFF

About the Director: Bowles was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. Best known as Cory in Trailer Park Boys, he also is the principal choreographer of Halifax-based Contemporary Dance Company Verve Mwendo, plays in the rock band Aide-De-Camp and voices the children's series Poko. In the mid-1990s Bowles gained some prominence as MC of hip hop act Hip Club Groove, releasing an EP on No Records and later a full length on Murderecords. The group toured Canada, often opening for other Halifax based bands such as Sloan. Bowles later formed a theatre company in 1997 with bandmate Joe Wynne called The Good Companions. After closing down the company he went on to further his studies as a dancer and choreographer in Alberta. Bowles received a Gemini Award for his work on Trailer Park Boys and ECMA nominations for music. His quirky choreography has turned up in music videos for artists such as Matt Mays and Jenn Grant. Bowles left the Trailer Park Boys and continued to work in film, theatre and music at Bishop's University. Bowles rejoined the cast of Trailer Park Boys in season 8. Recently Bowles directed the feature film Black Cop, which won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=4RiOirLKtQM

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