The history of black nationalism and police militarization are explored through the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization in Philadelphia.
In 1985 Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade explosive device on a residential building, killing 11 people, including 5 children. The attack was intended to end a standoff with the black militant group known as MOVE, yet it succeeded only in setting a new standard for institutionalized violence and the dehumanization of black bodies. “Target: Philadephia” explores how the development of black nationalism coincided with the rise of modern police militarization, creating the systemic disenfranchisement that incubates movements like Black Lives
FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade explosive on a residential building to end a standoff with Black liberation group MOVE, setting a new standard for institutionalized violence and the dehumanization of Black bodies. 11 people, including 5 children were killed. TARGET: PHILADELPHIA explores the rise of police militarization within the parallel contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that incubates movements like Black Lives Matter. The veracity of American exceptionalism is examined from a targeted perspective.
DIRECTOR BIO: Sean Slater (Executive Producer & Founder) is a theatre artist, filmmaker & educator living in New York City. His theatre work, including The Business Lunch, Man+Woman=Play and Algerians have been showcased around the world, most notably at the Actors Theatre Workshop, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse. His film work includes Empire Gypsy, The Squatter, Man at the Door, The Target Documentary Series and Please, Mrs. West.