A 53 minute documentary about racial profiling and police brutality, directed by Kathleen Foster.


PROFILED is a 53 minute documentary about racial profiling and police brutality.
PROFILED knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.

Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, Profiled bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for black and Latin people in this country and gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time

We experience the grief families suffer in the face of such tragedies, the struggles women confront raising children in segregated neighborhoods that present few options for the young, and their anger at a justice system that often seems pitted against them.

The women organize vigils and rallies to keep the memory of their loved ones alive and seek indictments of the officers responsible for the deaths. As their demands for justice are ignored we see them transition from grieving parents to activists who join the growing grass roots movement against police brutality and racial profiling that, since the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown is now spreading across the country.



A new Study Guide has been developed as a tool to help educators and community groups use the film to stimulate discussion about the critical issues of race and racism in the U.S. This is an invaluable resource for classrooms and organizations seeking to encourage dialogue and spark change. Preview the guide now and receive a complete version when you purchase a copy of the film.



PROFILED featured in WMM’s recently released 2018 catalogue. http://bit.ly/WMM2017Cat




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To encourage dialogue around these critical issues, we're extending a special Buy One Get One Free offer for PROFILED and SOUTHERN RITES


A film by Kathleen Foster
An urgent and powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, PROFILED tells the stories of mothers of Black and Latino youth murdered by the NYPD and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.  Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, PROFILED bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for many in this country.

A new Study Guide has been developed as a tool to help educators and community groups use the film to stimulate discussion about the critical issues of race and racism in the U.S. This is an invaluable resource for classrooms and organizations seeking to encourage dialogue and spark change.

Preview the guide now and receive a complete version when you purchase a copy of the film.

"Vibrant, empathetic, and intelligently realized work." – Michael Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts

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A film by Gillian Laub

SOUTHERN RITES is an eye-opening look at the systemic prejudices and ingrained biases that have divided a county in Georgia along racial lines for generations. In 2009, The New York Times Magazine published filmmaker Gillian Laub's controversial images of Montgomery County High School's racially segregated proms. A media furor ensued, and the town was forced to integrate the proms the following year. When Laub returned to document the changes, she stumbled upon two stories: the case surrounding the murder of an unarmed Black man by a white town patriarch, and a historic campaign by a police chief to become the county's first African-American sheriff. Through her hauntingly intimate portrait, Laub reveals the horror and humanity of these complex, intertwined narratives and ultimately asks whether a new generation can build a different future from the racist foundations of its past.

"Riveting. Digs deep to expose the roots that have made segregated proms and other affronts possible. A portrait of the inequities that lead to disaster on the streets of cities like Baltimore and Ferguson." – The New York Times

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At PROFILED’s many screenings in colleges, community centers, museums, and film festivals around the country, audiences have been inspired by the strength and courage of the families and friends of victims. Screenings have generated thought-provoking post-screening discussions about the roots and consequences of racial discrimination within U.S. society and within the law enforcement system, and they have motivated multiracial audiences to find ways to work for change.

To make the film easily accessible, Women Make Movies has put together a one page new website for the film where people will be able to request a screening, artwork for publicity material, synopsis of the film, speakers for a post-screening discussion.

To book a screening in your area, go to Women Make Movies


To host a theatrical screening contact: TUGG or profiledthedocumentary@gmail.com




Chicago teachers screening Feb 5thBlack Lives Matter At School Week
Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Monday February 5th


ALBA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
“Impugning Impunity”

Downtown Community Television Center
87 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013
September 23, 2017



Alliance of Families for Justice
Trinity Episcopal Church
Saugerties, NY
September 6, 2017


Newark Antiviolence Coalition
Centennial Hall
The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
August 26, 2017


American Psychological Association's Film Festival
750 First St. NE, Washington, DC
August 6, 2017



Black History Studies Film Festival
Upstairs at the Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval,
Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG
Saturday 6th May 2017, 12p.m.



Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Screening
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Fri. Mar. 17, 2017
9:00 am


College of Staten Island ScreeningCollege of Staten Island
Presented by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology
2800 Victory Blvd.
Performing Arts Center, 1P, Room 119
Staten Island, NY 10314
Weds. Mar. 8, 2017
6:30 pm


Purdue-Social-Justice-ClubPurdue University Northwest Social Justice Club
Hammond Campus
Room with a View, Student Union Library Building
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
Thurs. Feb. 16, 2017
6:00 pm


Rutgers-Law-School-ScreeningRutgers Law School
Baker Trial Room, 1st Floor
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Essex-County-College-screeningEssex County College
Smith Hall
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102-1719
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Continually screening,
10:00AM to 7:05 pm


PROFILEDSTMARYSSt. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem
521 W. 126 St.,
New York, NY 10027
Fri. Jan.13, 2017



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The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies SUNY/Empire State College
325 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
January 19, 2017


Kingsborough Community College
City University of New York
2001 Oriental Boulevard, M-391
Brooklyn, NY 11235
November 28th 3PM – 5PMRamapo
Cinematheque 11:10, 11:15 2016

Ramapo College, NJ
Cinematheque and Special Programs
& Fall 2016 Schomburg Series Present:

The Homeland Generation –
Legacies of 9/11 Fifteen Years Later

Co-Sponsored by Law &
Society Program. SCOTUS, and Platinum Fund
November 10th & 15thuic

UIS School of Public Health, Chicago
November 16th

ReelAwarenessLaurels16Amnesty International Reel
Awareness Film Festival
, Toronto
Nov 17-19th

londonBlack History Studies Film
Festival, London, UK

November 12th 

The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
November 4th, 7pm

PSUMCPark Slope United Methodist
Church, Brooklyn

October 21st, 2016, 7pm
410 6th Avenue, at
8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Hostos College
October 20th

2_asalh_centenniallogo_goldThe Association
for the Study of African American Life & History

October 8th, 2016

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October 1 2016

"If You See Something, Say Something."
Wednesday September
28. 6:30 PMSeeSomthingFlyer
Verso Books
20 Jay
Street, 10th Floor, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, NY – Map

Worcester State University
Thursday Sept 22nd 

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Ma.
Thursday September 22. 7pm

Roxbury Community College, Boston
Sept. 21st  1pm and 7pm
Building 3 Room

The Rosendale Theatre
408 Main Street,
Rosendale, NY 12472 
August 24th, 2016

SUNY at Stony Brook LI
How Class Works 2016
June 10th, 2016

Park Slope Collegiate
Sponsored by the Len Ragozin
June 3rd, 2016

Left Forum
Sponsored by the Theater of the Oppressed
May 20-22nd, 2016

Cinema Village
Sponsored by Workers Unite Film
Festival 2016
May 7th, 2016

Daniel Arts Center, Simon’s Rock at Bard College
Sponsored by Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series 2016 – BLACK LIVES MATTER
March 6th, 2016

8th Floor Gallery Rubin Museum
January 27th, 2016

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture,

MLK Birthday Celebration
Jan 16th, 2016

Work-in-progress screenings
Maryland Institute College of Art,

November 10th 2015

Communication Arts Cinematheque
Ramapo College, NJ
April 16th 2015



Stills From PROFILED




"The film is a powerful presentation of the pain and disappointment felt by families that have been touched by police violence . . .and is another link in a chain that might be used to pull us from the abyss of inhumanity (represented by police violence) that we've been grappling with for soooo long." 

Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, Professor, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. 

"My favorite aspect of the film is that it centers the narrative around the families of those who have been murdered by police. It's the perspective that gets lost within all the media tirades."

Joel Diaz, Education Associate, Schomburg Center

"Set in current day, following the deaths of Shantel Davis, Eric Garner, and numerous individuals dying in interactions with police, this thought-provoking film shows the continued stark disparities in our racial justice system, particularly against African Americans and Latinos. The documentary shows that the issue is not a new one; rather it aims to keep our attention trained on it so that we may create solutions." 

Helen Yuen, 
Director of Marketing
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore

“Profiled is a powerful documentary and a crucial contribution to the discussion of race and racism in America – both in terms of its economic and ideological impact. There are two features that I find most compelling in this  documentary. First, it gives a voice to the family, friends, and community members of the Young men and women who have been killed by the police. Second, it provides interviews and evidence of the roots and importance of racism  in American history from the beginning as a specific strategy of power elites to keep the American working-class divided by race to weaken their ability to improve the lives of themselves and their children.”

Pat Keeton
Professor of Communication Arts
Ramapo College of New Jersey

"Excellent! A very real film showing statistics and accurate data of how our families were brutalized then, during our ancestors' time and now! This has to stop! We are more than hashtags and body bags!"

Tawanda Jones, community activist, Baltimore. Sister of Tyrone West who died in police custody 2013.
Jones has been recognized by the local branch of the NAACP and Johns Hopkins University for her dedication to social justice.

"Kathleen Foster’s superb documentary is part anthropology, part history and completely on message for here and NOW. The film’s topic is extraordinarily relevant as racial profiling has certainly become the center of explosive controversy in media and society. A must see !

Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series 2016 – BLACK LIVES MATTER — PROFILED, screened for International Women’s Day 2016. 
Ricky Bernstein -Series coordinator. 

"We showed a portion of the film to a group of about 60 young adults as part of a speaker series we run in the school library.  After the forum, I had several students come up to me asking when they could see the whole film as they were so intrigued by the clip they had viewed.  This is the sign of a good film, when the audience is left wanting more."

Kara Staunton-Shron, Librarian,
Monument Mountain Regional High School, MA




fosterKathleen Foster is the director and producer of PROFILED. She is a British-born, New York-based, independent producer and director of cutting-edge films about social justice. Her work has screened nationally and internationally at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, the Queens Museum, the Brussels Fiction and Documentary Festival (Belgium), the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival (France), the World Performing Arts Festival (Lahore, Pakistan), Cinema Village, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Anthology Film Archives, New York University, Columbia University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, UCLA, Howard University, and Princeton University.  Etc. Her current project, PROFILED, released in Spring 2016, continues her commitment to films about social justice.
lehmanWilliam Lehman, Editor, is a filmmaker and editor who lived and worked in New York City for ten years. Currently based in Oregon, his recent work includes editing the narrative feature "Come Down Molly", and contributing to the documentary films "The Yes Men Are Revolting" and "Meru", winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary.
harperMakia Harper, Associate Producer, is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker, and film/media instructor. Her work explores the social, emotional, and political issues that plague today’s society. “God Speaks: Philadelphia Voices Against Violence”  (2008), her first feature length documentary, was screened in festivals across the country. Her most recent film "Our Space, Our Food, Our Bedstuy" examines the lack of healthy foods available in Brooklyn and is currently being screened in local film festivals.
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Adam Goebler, Production Assistant

Aviva Skye Tilson, Production Assistant

Don Mount, Camera

Dominique Spooner, Production Assistant

Fivel Rothenberg,  Camera

Harold Batista, Sound

Jesus Villalba, Camera, Editing Assistant 

Julia Brown, Production Assistant

Kelly Spivey, Editing Associate

Kjerstin Rossi, Camera

Marcelle Bonaparte, Camera

Messiah Rhodes, Camera, Editing Assistant

Samantha Riddell, Camera, Editing Assistant.

Shanika Powell, Camera

Past Films By Kathleen Foster



  10 YEARS ON, AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN, 2011 35 minutes 

After more than a decade of war, deadly drone and military attacks spread the conflict across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Afghans struggle to change a world increasingly dominated by violence and corruption. Pakistani workers and peasants fight back against worsening economic times with militant strikes and protests. In the film, Afghan and Pakistani women comment on the continuing struggle of women resulting from this War on Terror. They discuss the implications of U.S. plans to make a deal with the Taliban, and give insight into U.S. involvement in the region. Activists call for building an international grassroots movement, their demands for economic and social justice echoing the demands of protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movements.

"The film is really very good. The footage is stunning. What is clear as rain in the film is that it is the people who should matter, and that it is the people who do matter given that they are the ones who are acting politically, bravely."

DR. VIJAY PRASHAD, Director, International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Author, Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today

10 Years On


This timely documentary dramatizes the tale of a remarkable group of women and how their courage and commitment to change their lives and country has passed from one generation to the next. Their disturbing and amazing stories reflect the recent history of Afghanistan during a quarter-century of cataclysm: from proxy war to civil war, from a Soviet-backed regime to the oppressive rule of the Taliban, and to U.S. military intervention and the current sway of regional warlords in a climate of general instability.

Distributed by Cinema Guild

The authors of American War Cinema and Media Since Vietnam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) cited Afghan Women: A History of Struggle as one of only three films that "challenge the dominant ideologies found in contemporary mainstream American war films."

Drawing a line from the Cold War to the "War on Terror," Foster challenges viewers to examine how Afghan women have continually born the duel costs of American imperial ambitions on the one side, and the barbarity of feudal war lords on the other.

PRERANA REDDY, Director of Public Events, Queens Museum of Art.

Highly Recommended. Educational Media Reviews Online

Afghan Women


POINT OF ATTACK, 2004, 46 minutes (also available in Spanish)
Trump's attacks on Muslims and immigrants today are rooted in the Patriot Act and legislation passed after 9/11. This led to the racial profiling, large-scale roundups, detentions, and mass deportations of Arab, Muslim, and South Asian men and the first Muslim registry! Point of Attack is about that time, and the resistance that was mounted by immigration lawyers, students and community activists. Although the "point of attack" of these laws are Muslims, then and now, the broader undermining of basic freedoms for all of us is explored.

This film is as timely now as it was then!

Distributed by Cinema Guild

  Point of Attack

"This important film is a damning indictment of how the government over-reacted after 9/11, singling out and targeting people who had nothing to do with terrorism. It should have the widest possible distribution and viewing by the American public."

ABDEEN JABARA, Civil Rights Attorney, Past President American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

"This hard-hitting indictment of racial and ethnic profiling in the U.S. paints a shocking picture of the erosion of personal freedom in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The film’s message is both important and frightening."


American Library Association’s Notable film List of 2005


NICARAGUA: RECLAIMING THE REVOLUTION, 2001, 49 minutes (also available in Spanish)

Twenty years after the Sandinista revolution, a group of social activists from a Brooklyn, New York church, visit their sister-church in Managua. As they travel around the country, a stark portrait of current conditions in Nicaragua emerges. Their hosts talk about how and why the revolution failed and of their continuing struggle to fulfill their dreams of a just society. Barriers of language, national borders, race and religion are overcome as global friendships are cemented and a renewed commitment to fight for social change is made.

Distributed by Latin American Video Archives.

Nicaragua: Reclaiming the Revolution "has captured complexities of the political evolution of the FSLN that have eluded some academic writers. Stills and video are used deftly to show the tumultuous history of Nicaragua in the 1980's."

MATILDE ZIMMERMANN, author of Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution
(Duke University Press 2000)

"Clearly articulating the devastating effect of the global economy on local communities, this powerful film demonstrates the value of cross-cultural relationships and shows one community's desire to make a difference beyond charity towards change."

REV. DAVID DYSON, pastor Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church, People of Faith Network.

LESSONS FROM CLASS STRUGGLE, 1998, 46 minutes (also available in Spanish) 

The film follows the yearlong battle waged by parents, students and teachers to stop budget cuts to New York City's already devastated public schools.

Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

"A powerful film that forces all the basic issues about racial justice. Students and teachers speak with eloquence and urgency about realities they know first hand. No euphemisms. No evasions. No clichés. It has the ring of truth."

JONATHON KOZOL, educator, author of Savage Inequalities, Death At An Early Age.

"Kathleen Foster has produced and directed a video that focuses on a REAL issue of public import…that the belief in justice and equality and resistance to their absence did not die with the movements of the 1960's."

NANCY BUNCH, Dean Empire State College, SUNY


Filmed in an isolated hollow of West Virginia, this documentary shows the violent clash between miners and the two giant coal companies that dominate their lives during a 1989-1990 strike. Wives of the striking miners and a Black retired miner tell the story.

Distributed by Filmakers Library.

"Kathleen Foster blends echoes of the 1921 Blair Mountain strike with a contemporary sense of the declining strength of national unions." D. LEDBETTER, Village Voice.

MOMA, What's Happening series 1993. In the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City


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