Meet the Author:
Nissa Tzun,  Las Vegas, United States

Nissa Tzun

Nissa Tzun is a media artist and community organizer. For the last 8 years Nissa has been working on a long-term documentary project called the Forced Trajectory Project (FTP), which documents the narratives of families who have lost loved ones to police violence. The multimedia exhibit incorporates film, photography, sound, and illustration to translate the collective experience of individuals and communities that suffer from police violence, in order to amplify their voices and to inform the discussion of social change in the United States. FTP has been exhibited across the nation at conferences, film festivals, social justice events, and galleries. It was featured as a spotlight project at Groundswell’s National Network Gathering at Allied Media Conference in 2015, has been a two-time recipient of the JustFilms Travel Grant, was awarded the OHA Emerging Crisis Grant in 2015, received Honorable Mention at a juried exhibition at Left of Center Gallery in January 2016, and was most recently awarded the 2016 LIUU Grant for Social Change. She is the co-founder of Families United 4 Justice, a family-led initiative to bring awareness of police violence issues through sharing the collective experience of those affected by police violence. Nissa resides in Las Vegas, where she is attending graduate school for her Master’s in Social Work.

Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence

Nissa Tzun, Las Vegas, United States 

Introduction Sidd Joag On June 16th, 2017, ArtsEverywhere was set to publish Nissa Tzun’s piece, “Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence.” That evening, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of the killing of Philando Castile in the outskirts of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Castile was sitting in the car with his girlfriend and her 4-year old daughter when he was shot...