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

Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods. 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. (As the film notes, the New York Police Department has killed almost 300 people since 1995.) Moving interviews with victims’ family members are juxtaposed with sharply etched analyses by evolutionary biologist, Joseph L.Graves, Jr, (The Race Myth) and civil rights lawyer, Chauniqua D. Young, (Center for Constitutional Rights, Stop and Frisk lawsuit).

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 areignored we see them transition from grieving parents to activists who join the growing grass roots movement against police brutality and racial profiling that is now spreading across the country.

With its ambitious scope and a wealth of contemporary footage, Profiled gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time.


Bio & Films

More by Kathleen Foster


Kathleen Foster

British born, New York-based documentary filmmaker.


Since the mid-1980’s she has been making films for community organizations and producing independent documentaries that combine elements of history, current events and individual stories and focus on grass roots struggles for change.

Her films have received wide distribution and have been screened at such prestigious showcases as the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, Queens Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and Brecht Forum. She has spoken and lectured at screenings of her films at universities around the country including NYU, Columbia, Boston, MICA, UCLA, Howard and Princeton.

She has received numerous grants including the New York State Council on the Arts, the Funding Exchange, The Paul Robeson Fund, the Yip Harburg Foundation, Lifebridge Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center and is the recipient of Women In Islam’s 2006 Compass Award, given to women, in celebration of the example and legacy of Dr. Betty Shabazz, who through their exceptional dedication mark as well as forge a clear direction for our communities.

Her photographs of Afghanistan were exhibited at the Leedell Gallery in Soho and portfolios were published in various photography magazines such as Creative Camera and British Journal of Photography.

10 Years On: Afghanistan & Pakistan

10 Years On: Afghanistan & Pakistan

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. 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 grass roots movement, their demands for economic and social justice echoing the demands of protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movements.

Point of Attack

Point of Attack

Point of Attack chronicles the post-9/11 racial profiling, large-scale round-ups, detentions and mass deportations of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men as part of the U.S. government’s “War on Terrorism,” framing the plight of these immigrant communities within the broader context of the U.S. government’s “other war” against civil liberties being waged via the USA Patriot Act.

Point of Attack may be purchased on DVD for $25. Free shipping by first class U.S. mail included.

Afghan Women

Afghan Women

This timely documentary dramatizes the tale of a group of remarkable women, 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 and general instability.

Afghan Women: A History of Struggle may be purchased on DVD for $25. Free shipping by first class U.S. mail included.


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