Film Series

Hold Your Fire: Advance Screening and Conversation

May 18, 2022

FOLCS was proud to partner with IFC Films for an advance screening of documentary, Hold Your Fire.  Then, on May 18, 2022 FOLCS was joined by director Stefan Forbes and documentary subject Shu’aib Raheem, to discuss how the events in Hold Your Fire influenced police training in de-escalation and hostage negotiation, and cemented Harvey Schlossberg as a “father of modern police psychology.”

On a January day in Brooklyn, 1973, Shu’aib Raheem and three friends attempted to steal guns from a local sporting goods store, sparking a 47-hour long hostage siege: The longest in NYPD history.  Called to the scene was NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg, who fought to avert a bloodbath and save the lives of nine hostages, police, and the four young men at the heart of the conflict.

Watch Hold Your Fire: Advance Screening and Conversation here.

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Stefan Forbes

Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated director. His award-winning documentary Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008) won the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. It played 40 US cities theatrically and was seen on PBS’s Frontline, The BBC’s Storyville, the CBC’s Passionate Eye, and was a Critic’s Pick in newspapers worldwide. The Washington Post called it “one of the best political films ever made.”

Forbes’ award-winning hourlong documentary One More Dead Fish (2004), about environmentally-friendly fishermen in Nova Scotia fighting globalization, was broadcast on PBS. Ken Loach called it  “excellent” and Howard Zinn termed the film “an inspiring example of working people resisting the giant forces of globalization, in the great tradition of civil disobedience on behalf of justice.”

He also wrote and directed the cinematic musical performance Monk Recut with Grammy-nominated jazz ensemble MONK’estra, which Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley called “fabulous…breathtaking.”

Forbes is a former New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and has served on the nominating committee of the Independent Spirit Awards.

Shu'aib Raheem
Documentary Subject

Shu’aib Raheem works as a Trauma Support Consultant. He previously served as the Program Coordinator for the Brownsville Arches Transformative Mentoring Program for criminal justice-involved children and families.

Raheem is the founder of the Jawala Scouts Leadership Training Program, and holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from the New York Theological Seminary.  He currently serves on the board of The Fortune Society.