Film phase: Completed
(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of “Shariff”, a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, 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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
(T)ERROR is co-directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe.
Lyric R. Cabral is an independent documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2013. In support of her documentary work, Cabral has received artist grants from Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, BBC Storyville, ITVS, International Documentary Association, and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Cabral’s photography has been published through the Gordon Parks Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution Photography Initiative, and National Geographic Channel UK. (T)ERROR is her first feature-length documentary.
David Felix Sutcliffe is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been supported by the BBC, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, and ITVS. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named him as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. David’s first film, Adama, was broadcast on PBS in 2011 and featured the story of a teenage Muslim girl from Harlem who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a “potential suicide bomber.”