This is a rare and interesting film and sadly rarely seen. It has a great cast - Moriarty and Sorvino, and a great retro blaxploitation look. The script is highly literate as well. The story centers on a white cop who kills a black mugger in cold blood. He doesn't realize that the entire episode was filmed by a black film student. The student takes the opportunity to torment the cop - and indeed follows the cop and makes a documentary about him documenting his empty life.
The filming of the shooting recalls the Rodney King incident, where a videographer filmed cops beating a black motorist. The black filmmaker reminds you a lot of Spike Lee. This film, like "Do the right thing" ends with blacks rising up in revenge - anticipating the reaction of blacks in the wake of the Rodney King trial.
An interesting time capsule of the late 70's, and still very timely.
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