The Dakota Entrapment Tapes (2020)

  • Documentary, Crime, Political
  • 1h 31m

Followed by Q + A with director Trevor Birney.

In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don’t lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later. What Andrew’s friends and family didn’t know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force, who had been secretly operating for years.

As details of Andrew’s double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels. Following the Sadek family’s fight for the truth about how their son was killed, the film skillfully uncovers the forces at play in his death, and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs on a college campus that didn’t have a drug problem.

Director

Trevor Birney

Producer

Trevor Birney, Mairead Kelly

Cinematographer

Mark Garrett

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