• narratives of police violence





  • About the Forced Trajectory Project

    forced,  adj.  imposed

    trajectory, noun.  path

    Oja interviews Nicholas Heyward, Sr. about his son, Nicholas Heyward, Jr., 13, killed by officer Brian George in September of 1994.  Brooklyn, NY, August 2010.

    The Forced Trajectory Project (FTP)

    is a long-term multimedia project that began in 2009 documenting the rippling effects police violence has on communities beginning with the families who have lost their loved ones to police murder. Utilizing moving pictures, stills, and sound, the project’s goal is to paint an intimate and accurate portrait of the “forced trajectory” these family members find themselves on after their loved one is killed.


    FTP has won numerous awards and recognitions in recent years including the 2015 OHA Emerging Crisis Grant, 2015 Spotlight Project at the Groundswell Network Gathering, 2016 LIUU Grant for Social Change, 2015-2016 Ford Foundation JustFilms Travel Grant, and received Honorable Mention in a juried exhibition at the Left of Center Gallery in 2016. FTP is a Groundswell 2017 Organizational Member. It has been exhibited in multiple cities across the country including Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Asheville, NC, Greensboro, NC, Detroit, MI, and Las Vegas, NV.


    Read and listen to Project Founder Nissa Tzun discuss the project with Groundswell blogger Maggie Von Vogt during an interview in the Fall of 2015.

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