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(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.



(T)ERROR is co-directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe.


Lyric R. Cabral stands in a field of tall grass and looks directly at the Camera. Portrait in black and white.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 looks directly at the camera. Portrait in black and white.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.”




(T)ERROR premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature. It is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting investigation. The filmmakers were fellows at the 2014 Sundance Edit and Story Lab, and received the Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca All Access program in 2013.