DO NOT RESIST is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of our police force in the United States. The Tribeca Film Festival BEST DOCUMENTARY WINNER puts viewers in the center of the action – Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where technology could lead the field next.
Opens October 14th, 2016 in Los Angeles:
Laemmle’s Monica Film Center- Santa Monica
Laemmle Playhouse 7- Pasadena
National Rollout begins thereafter.
New York Dates – September 30 at the Film Forum
San Francisco Dates – October 21 at The Roxie Cienma
*WINNER* BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection: Hot Docs, Montclair Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, DOXA Film Festival,
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Human Rights Watch Festival New York, AFI Silverdocs,
Indianapolis Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Dokufest Kosovo, Antenna Documentary Festival
“DO NOT RESIST allows us to see our present moment for the science-fiction dystopia it has become.” – Red Carpet Crash
“Atkinson observes with a passionate eye.” – Indiewire
“An eye-opening experience…” – The New Yorker
DO NOT RESIST – the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. Opening on startling on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film then broadens its scope to present scenes from across the country—a conference presentation where the value of high-end weapons technologies is presented to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own military-grade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. The cumulative effect of these vignettes paints a startling picture of the direction our local law enforcement is headed.