Guardian 'The Black Cop' Dir. Cherish Oteka

This intimate portrait of Gamal 'G' Turawa, an ex-Metropolitan police officer, explores his memories of racially profiling and harassing black people and homophobia in his early career. Now an openly gay man, Turawa’s story is a multi-layered one and sits in the centre of three pivotal moments in recent British history, from the black communities’ resistance of oppressive policing, to the push for LGBTQIA equality and the aftermath of the west African 'farming' phenomenon, where white families took care of black children outside the remit of local authorities.

The Black Cop is BAFTA Winner for British Short Film 2022.

Warning - viewers may find the content of this film distressing.

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Key credits

Directed and produced by: Cherish Oteka
Produced by: Emma Cooper
Director of Photography: Damian Paul Daniel
Interview Cinematographer: Toby Lloyd
Editor: Amber Saunders
Sound Designer/Music Editor: Aiwan Obinyan
Sound Mixer: Mark Ready
Sound Recordist: Ben Adams
Colourist: Lee Twohey
Head of Film Doc Society: Shanida Scotland
Executive Producer for BFI Doc Society: Lisa Marie Russo
BFI Doc Society Production Manager: Hannah Bush Bailey
Executive Producers for the Guardian: Ekaterina Ochagavia and Jess Gormley
Head of Guardian Documentaries: Lindsay Poulton
Supported by the BFI Doc Society Fund
A Guardian Documentary
Length: 24 mins
Source: The Guardian