Tag Archives: Police/Fire

The Gatekeeper (2002)

103m; U.S.

Director: John Carlos Frey

Cast: John Carlos Frey, Michelle Agnew and Anne Betancourt

Synopsis (IMDB): Adam Fields is a rage-filled U.S. Border Patrol Agent who often crosses the line in his job. A member of a vigilante group, Fields decides to go undercover with a hidden camera and cross with a group of undocumented immigrants. His plan goes awry, however, when the group is forced to work for a drug ring. Suddenly, Fields realizes that he has more in common with the migrants and their search for home, family and freedom than he thought.


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Shots on the Docks (2003)

28m; U.S.

Synopsis: The stepped up repression of anti-war demonstrators and trade unionists took a new turn in the U.S. on April 7, 2003, when Oakland, California police attacked a peaceful picket on the docks. The Labor Video Project was there when Oakland police fired over a hundred shots of rubber bullets and wooden projectiles as well as concussion grenades to attack the anti-war protest. This video interviews the workers on the picket line as well as ILWU longshoremen who were standing by and were also targeted by the police and the company. It goes behind the pictures to expose the reasons that trade unionists joined the line and the reaction of ILWU Local 10 members to the attacks and arrests of their business agent. There is also an international campaign to defend ILWU BA Jack Heyman and the Oakland 25 who face criminal charges for the April 7 incident. –

Contact: “Shots on the Docks” is also being streamed at: purchase info: Photo credit: Labor Video Project Photo caption: worker holds wood bullet fired by police phone: 312-226-3330



Smoke Eaters (1926)

Director – C.J. Hunt
Running Time:  64 Minutes

Befitting its title, The Smoke Eaters is a fire-fighting melodrama, albeit one of little distinction. After a protracted prologue in which a fireman loses his wife and child to a conflagration, the story jumps ahead 20 years to concentrate on the romance between “smoke-eater” Cullen Landis and Wanda Hawley. Tieing past and present together is the fact that Landis is the adopted son of the selfsame firefighter who lost his family years before. The plot is forgotten as the hero proves that he’s as worthy a fireman as his foster father by staging a spectacular climactic rescue from a burning nightclub. While the fire scenes are reasonably well done, it was painfully obvious to the viewer that star Cullen Landis was never really anywhere near the flames. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama



Taking the Heat: the First Women Firefighters of New York City (2006)

Director: Bann Roy

What if your gender barred you from applying for a job, and once you were allowed to apply, the rules changed to make it impossible for you to qualify? What if you took legal action to be considered fairly for the job but then faced overwhelming discrimination and hostility from your co-workers? Welcome to the world of Captain Brenda Berkman and the first women to join one of the most celebrated—and macho—lifesaving organizations in the world: the New York City Fire Department.

TAKING THE HEAT: The First Women Firefighters of New York City tells the story of Berkman and the small group of women who dared to want a “man’s job.” Through one-on-one interviews, filmmaker Bann Roy exposes the loneliness, violence and even sexual abuse these women endured to serve their communities.

Home and educational video copies of TAKING THE HEAT: The First Women Firefighters of New York City are available from:
Anjali Films




Tea & Justice: NYPD’s 1st Asian Women Officers (2007)

55m; U.S.

Director: Ermena Vinluan

Synopsis: Chronicle of the first three Asian women to become members of the NYPD.

Contact: Ermena Vinluan c: (212) 729-0148 212-729-0148 (Cell)

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Documentary, Women



Some Real Heat (2001)


Director: Stefanie Jordan

Synopsis (Women Make Movies): SOME REAL HEAT explores the small and relatively new world of female firefighters in San Francisco and their upward climb to gain access to a male-dominated field. Armed with axes, chainsaws, muscle, heart and determination, six daring women demonstrate how they single-handedly turn gender roles upside down by putting their lives on the line everyday in one of the riskiest jobs around. As they passionately talk about the tools of the trade, overcoming their fears and helping others, they reveal the fascinating history of women fire fighters and the gender bias that barred them from officially entering the U.S. Fire Department until 1974. They also explain the important role women paramedics play in fire departments and the surprising number of medical emergencies that they attend to on a weekly basis – a number that far outweighs actually putting out fires. Uncovering the myth and reality of this dangerous profession, this inspiring piece intimately delves into the strength and character that distinguishes these women as true modern-day heroes.


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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Documentary, Women