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(T)ERROR should dishearten and disturb viewers concerned with the erosion of American civil rights -- and it doesn't even hit its targets as hard as it could.



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(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff," a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government's counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. 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? (C) The Film Collaborative

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  • Beyond the conventional espionage on display, they confront viewers with the prospect of civil liberties violations amid the extensive surveillance currently taking place in the United States.

    Dec 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • (T)error, like the punctuation in its title suggests, goes from being a tense procedural and absorbing character study to an astonishing, real-life satire about the surveillance state.

    Oct 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The resulting portrait of the domestic anti-terrorism campaign, although it's admittedly a portrait in miniature, could hardly be more disheartening.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • As the story plays out, the cheap thrill of peeking behind the curtain turns into creeping dread, and then outrage.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • A film that feels depressingly essential to understanding that just because we haven't been attacked doesn't mean we're winning the war.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Because of its shortcomings, "(T)error" serves as evidence of a broken system rather than an indictment of it. Yet such evidence is worrisome and points to a threat to civil rights.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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