The JC Presents: A Cop Movie & Panel Discussion

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Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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Join us for a spellbinding big-screen movie-going experience followed by a rich panel discussion.

The dynamic panelists - Justice Collaboratory member Professor Rodrigo Canales (SOM), Daniela Alatorre (Producer), Alexandra Zapata Hojel (Associate Producer & Impact Director), and Tony Reyes (Chief of Police (ret.) New Haven Police Department)—will share how vanguard policing research came to shape the script, the actors’ approach, and the roll-out of this award-winning film by rising Mexican auteur Alonso Ruizpalacios.

Through an experimental narrative and documentary storytelling style, A Cop Movie propels the viewer into an unusual cinematic space, giving voice to one of the world’s most controversial institutions—The Police. This original and unpredictable film plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and immerses the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system.

Professor Rodrigo Canales (SOM) conducts research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. His work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change.

Daniela Alatorre is a Mexican producer and award-winning filmmaker. Daniela co-founded No Ficción, where her credits include a series of documentary shorts for Netflix. She has worked with an impressive roster of directors and produced an extraordinary array of films. Retreat, her first feature documentary as a director, received a special mention from the jury and the Ambulante Film Festival prize at the XVII Morelia International Film Festival. She co-directed Fragments, a short film about the pandemic that premiered in 2020.

Alexandra Zapata Hojel is a researcher and activist. She has worked on education policy and the development of tools to increase citizen participation around issues of accountability and anti-corruption. She has been Deputy Director and Civic Innovation director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness. She sits on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum Risk Report, The Mexican Foundation for Health (FUNSALUD), Enseña por México, Mejor México. She is a regular media contributor for national and international press.

Chief Tony Reyes is a law enforcement professional with experience in criminal investigations and police operations, as well as the management and supervision of law enforcement personnel. Reyes is a strong advocate of community policing principles, transparency, and procedural justice as mechanisms for achieving police legitimacy and improving community-police relations.

Location: Humanities Quadrangle L02 – lower level (320 York Street)

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