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T/F Teaser: Do Not Resist

  • Starring: James Comey, Rand Paul
  • Director: Craig Atkinson
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 72 min.

As a teaser of the sort of great documentaries and post show discussion you can expect at the True/False Film Fest we will be screening Do Not Resist.

An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, 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. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - 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 controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.

"Do Not Resist is an order to the viewer: watch."
- Diana Clarke, Village Voice
"A furious and often terrifying documentary about the militarization of US police."
- Matt Zoller Seitz,
"It's a sober account of police militarization in the 21st century that, no matter one's stance on the matter, makes a brutal statement."
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Do Not Resist effectively begins (and furthers) this ongoing conversation about the escalating police state, racial profiling, and beyond. "
- Sam Fragoso, TheWrap
"An assured doc debut that knows how to stand out in a crowded field, Craig Atkinson's Do Not Resist avoids the handwringing format of other (very welcome) examinations of 21st-century American policing, offering instead something like a despairing tone poem."
- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter