US DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Break Out First Feature
SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition
RUN TIME 93 min
After working for more than 20 years as a counterterrorism informant for the FBI, ***** has a choice to make. He can stay home to raise his son or do one last high-stakes job for the Bureau. Infiltrating terror networks and befriending suspected terrorists is *****’s specialty. He is one of a growing number of covert operatives in America who straddle the murky line between preventing crimes and inventing them.
Shot over the course of two years and with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to a counterterrorism sting, (T)ERROR feels like a political spy novel set in your own hometown. A faceless character throughout, the FBI is an omnipresent force, pushing hard for results as ***** slowly closes in on his target. As secrets emerge from his past, ***** is caught between the consequences of his double life and mounting pressure from his handlers.
Taut, stark, and controversial, (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks: Who is watching the watchers? —H.C.
Lyric R. Cabral is a documentary filmmaker and photojournalist reporting stories seldom seen in mainstream media. Her photography is currently in exhibition with "Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument" and has been featured in documentaries broadcast on National Geographic Channel UK and PBS. Cabral was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film (2013);” (T)ERROR is her feature-film debut.
David Felix Sutcliffe is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of national security post-9/11. In July 2013, he was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film." His first film, Adama, was broadcast on PBS in 2011 and features the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl living in Harlem who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a suicide bomber. (T)error is his feature-film debut.