DOXA and The Cinematheque: Do Not Resist

USA 2016. Dir: Craig Atkinson. 72 min. DCP

“A quietly seething look at present-day policing in America ... An experience best had in the cinema.”
JOHN DEFORE, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Best Documentary Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2016

The most shocking sequence in Craig Atkinson’s incendiary new film doesn’t take place on the streets of Ferguson, or in the middle of a SWAT raid — it happens in a hotel conference room during a presentation to police officers. “What do you fight violence with? Superior violence. Righteous violence. Violence is your tool ... You are men and women of violence.” Superior violence increasingly means 48,000-pound armoured vehicles, assault rifles, and rocket launchers, employed in poor or marginalized communities where civilians are termed “the enemy” in a rhetoric of war. Do Not Resist exposes the political machinations that led U.S. police forces to resemble paramilitary organizations. Expertly-chosen court and news footage show the cause-and-effect relationship between bureaucratic decisions and street-level reality. But the most deeply troubling ideas examined are the shifts in attitude, as police become something akin to an occupying army. As the U.S. slides further into a fascist mentality, Do Not Resist is a necessary and critical film. — Dorothy Woodend


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This screening of Do Not Resist is the first event of an ongoing series of new documentaries co-presented by DOXA Documentary Film Festival and The Cinematheque. doxafestival.ca

 

REVIEWS

“Gratitude goes to those documentarians who shine a broader light, which is what Craig Atkinson does in Do Not Resist ... Maybe it takes a documentary to generate the kind of anger necessary to galvanize the public.”

Variety | full review