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Richard Dindo's riveting 1987 documentary examines three cases of young working-class men whose deaths were caused by overzealous cops in Zurich. The filmmaker methodically pieces together eyewitness accounts of the victims' final hours and the memories and reactions of family, revealing a Switzerland that's obsessed with law and order and willfully negligent of its troubled adolescents. The narration is dispassionate, calling to mind the clinical tone of PBS's Frontline, and while Dindo clearly shares the families' anger and sorrow, he avoids both sentiment and sensationalism, investing even the most ordinary images and testimony with a dignity and poetry that underscore the tragedy of lives cut short. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Friday, September 24, 8:15, 312-443-3737. --Ted Shen

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