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No Visible Trauma

No Visible Trauma

Directed by Robinder Uppal & Marc Serpa Francoeur
Documentary Feature
Canada | 98 min | 2020

In the midst of a global uprising against police violence and systemic racism, NO VISIBLE TRAUMA examines a deeply troubled police department and reveals the devastating consequences of unchecked police brutality. Despite its relatively low crime rates, recent years have seen the Calgary Police Service shoot and kill more people than officers in any other Canadian city, and more than either the New York or Chicago police departments in 2018.

Five years in the making, the film unravels the intertwined stories of three individuals who were the victims of extreme violence at the hands of police officers. From the kidnapping and beating of a young immigrant from Ghana, to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a “wellness check”, the film exposes a criminal justice system that fails to hold police officers accountable for their actions.

This is not the film we would have liked to make about Calgary, the city where we were born and raised. Throughout the five years spent working on this film, we’ve been profoundly disturbed by the violence and dysfunction of the Calgary Police Service, and the devastating impacts on the victims and their families of a justice system that refuses to hold police officers to account for their actions. It’s clear that many of the underlying problems exposed in the film are echoed in jurisdictions across Canada, the US, and around the world, and we believe that the time has come to address the pervasive, systemic dysfunction that we see epitomized in Calgary.

– Robinder Uppal & Marc Serpa Francoeur

No Visible Trauma

No Visible TraumaRobinder Uppal & Marc Serpa Francoeur

Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal are documentary filmmakers and interactive producers whose work builds on lifelong interests in immigration, diversity, and social justice issues. They are the co-creators of THE WORLD IN TEN BLOCKS (2016), a feature-length interactive documentary that was featured at Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and launched episodically in partnership with The Globe and Mail. Serpa Francoeur and Uppal are the co-founders of Lost Time Media, which has produced a wide range of linear and interactive documentaries since 2013. Recent films include THE HEAD & THE HAND (2018), which had its World Premiere at Hot Docs and was listed by DOC NYC as one of the top twelve contenders for the Oscars’ Documentary Short category. In 2019, they produced HAVEN, an award-winning short documentary about North America’s first prescription heroin program. They are also in production on LOVE IN THE TIME OF FENTANYL, a feature-length documentary produced in partnership with ITVS and with the support of the Sundance Documentary Film Program.

Film Information

Directors: Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal
Country: Canada
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 98 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producer:Geoff Morrison, Robinder Uppal, Marc Serpa Francoeur
Cinematography: Daniel Froidevaux, Robinder Uppal
Composer: Christine Bougie, Joel Visentin

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