At The Movies

Stoking the flames of audiences' anger

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

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

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'. Subscribe