Presented By:Craig Atkinson
The striking images of protests against police violence that emerged over the last two years from Ferguson, Baltimore, and many other cities around the country brought into focus a startling phenomenon: the flow of large quantities of military equipment and weaponry to local police forces. This jaw-dropping documentary explores a disturbing nationwide trend—one that didn’t happen by accident, and that has high financial stakes and powerful interests at its core.
With a probing investigative eye worthy of Errol Morris and flashes of observational humor that recall Roger & Me, Do Not Resist asks: how did we get to the point where tanks are rolling down American streets, and police officers are patrolling our cities in gear that brings to mind Robocop? Vitally, Do Not Resist not only asks the right hard-hitting questions, but also delivers information and answers.
With a subject that could hardly be more timely, and smart, deeply engaging filmmaking at its foundation, Do Not Resist is essential viewing for all concerned Americans. And coming as it does a year after the Baltimore Uprising, with a sharp focus on the protests in Ferguson and everything that followed, there’s no better time or place to watch this initially angering—but also extremely insightful and empowering—documentary than here and now. (Eric Allen Hatch)
Screening with the short film Speaking Is Difficult (AJ Schnack): A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos and disbelief. As Speaking Is Difficult rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a story about a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable. (12 minutes)
Total program run time with feature and short: 85 minutes.
Craig Atkinson is a notable producer, editor, and cinematographer. Most recently, Craig was an additional cinematographer on Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (also screening within MDFF 2016). He also produced and was co-cinematographer on Detropia (MDFF 2012). Do Not Resist is Craig's directorial debut.