Film phase: Production
The Rashomon Effect is an immersive examination of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael O.D. Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Eyewitnesses recount stories of the incident, that widely differ, told through highly stylized flashbacks and exclusive citizen journalist video from the crime scene. As variant narratives layer and collide, the film draws viewers inside multiple realities of the shooting incident, incisively probing human perception and the nature of truth. When the Department of Justice launches an investigation into Michael Brown’s death, these opposing eyewitness narratives become key evidence, revealing the uncertainty of official conclusions.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lyric R. Cabral has over a decade of experience producing character driven, investigative reporting that seeks to expose vital information for the public record. Lyric’s debut film (T)error (2015) won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Breakout First Feature, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film (2013), Lyric’s work has broadcast on PBS, BBC, VICELAND, PIVOT, and National Geographic Channel UK.