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Stoking the flames of audiences' anger

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple who become victims of racist policing in Queen And Slim.
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple who become victims of racist policing in Queen And Slim. PHOTO: THE PROJECTOR
Guy Pearce in Disturbing The Peace.
Guy Pearce in Disturbing The Peace. PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

Queen And Slim leaves viewers filled with rage against injustice, while Disturbing The Peace is just maddeningly mediocre

A young black couple are out for a drive. A white officer pulls them over. The policeman is agitated and aggressive. The two assert their rights as citizens. The result is a bad stop, a bad night and a body on the ground.

There is a sub-genre of American documentary films built on incidents such as these, the kind that fill viewers with white-hot rage and leave them with nowhere to put the feelings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'Stoking the flames of audiences' anger'. Print Edition | Subscribe