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10-7 for Life

10-7 for Life

| 56 min

10–7 for Life is a funny, raw and occasionally violent chronicle of the last two weeks of Carol Banks's career as a cop in Parkdale, Toronto. Exploring the contrasts and absurdities of patrolling the streets, the film looks at everything from the now-almost-routine gang shootings to a colleague's shocking murder, while also capturing what Banks describes as "babysitting" – officers trying to help people who can't look after themselves. Filmed by Carol's sister, Cindy Banks, this film offers a rare inside look at a police force struggling to cope with an increasingly violent city, and an intimate portrait of one burnt-out cop who has to get out for her own peace of mind.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • director
    Cynthia Banks
  • producer
    Cynthia Banks
  • executive producer
    Paul Caulfield
    Don Haig
  • associate producer
    Kenneth Hirsch
  • camera
    Cynthia Banks
    Joseph Sutherland
  • sound
    Cynthia Banks
    Joseph Sutherland
  • editing
    Deborah Palloway
  • sound editing
    Paul Demers
  • re-recording
    Louis Hone
  • music
    Richard Gozdzialski


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Ages 14 to 17

Geography - Territory: Urban
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Law

Prior to watching the documentary, have students discuss the roles and responsibilities of a police officer. The class can then compare the roles of a teacher and police officer. Interview a police officer and discuss some of the issues that arise in the documentary, as well as the challenges and stresses of the job. Students should ask if the officer thinks the role of the police has changed over the past decade because of societal changes.

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