In a sleepy North Dakota town, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later.
In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don’t lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later.
What Andrew’s friends and family didn’t know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force that had been secretly operating for years.
As details of Andrew’s double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels.
Following the Sadek family’s fight for the truth about how their son was killed, the film skilfully uncovers the forces at play in his death and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs, on a college campus that didn’t have a drug problem.
“Tracing the details of Andrew's life through his family and friends who were the last to see him alive, the film provides an engrossing portrait of him beyond the label of victim.”
“During this pivotal time when defunding the police force is being demanded by members of the public, Trevor Birney’s documentary The Dakota Entrapment Tapes slots perfectly into the debate. The documentary highlights just one situation where corruption used in law enforcement has devastated a community.”
“Reveals an abuse of power by law enforcement on a huge scale.”
“Skilfully uncovers the forces at play in his [Sadek’s] death.”
“Reaffirms the need for police reform.”
“Paint[s] a vivid portrait.”
THE DAILY BEAST
“An indictment of not only individual officer villainy, but of a state that vilifies and persecutes kids for behaviour that’s widely accepted throughout the country.”
THE DAILY BEAST
“Engrossing… Birney’s dedication to Sadek’s story shines throughout the film.”