(T)ERROR, the groundbreaking new documentary directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, is the winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature, (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. The film is executive produced by Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight) and Nick Fraser (Man on Wire, Pussy Riot). In an effort to prevent domestic attacks, undercover FBI informants are nurturing relationships with suspected terrorists around the country. Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a Harlem-raised, 63-year-old former black revolutionary, has worked as an FBI counterterrorism informant for more than 20 years. Shot over two years and with astonishing access, (T)ERROR follows Shariff in his attempt to befriend a suspected Taliban sympathizer and build a fraudulent case against him. Through his perspective, 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? Co-director Sutcliffe talks about the multi-faceted dimensions of their illuminating film.
** 2016 Spirit Award nomination, Best Documentary
“One of the best documentaries of 2015.”- Aleksandr Gorbachev, NEWSWEEK
“(T)ERROR is one of the most riveting documentaries of the year.” – Rodrigo Perez, THE PLAYLIST
“A farce and a political drama rolled into one…GRIPPING…goes from being a tense procedural and absorbing character study to an astonishing, real-life satire about the surveillance state. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine’s VULTURE.com
“A stunning, infuriating indictment of the…war on terror.” – Robert Greene, SIGHT & SOUND MAGAZINE