DO NOT RESIST is an urgent documentary that explores the militarization of local police departments—in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment—since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, crafts an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America. This film merges the arts with contemporary and critical social issues in the U.S. today. We see the film as an opportunity to create dialogue among criminal and social justice advocates, policy makers, police leadership and the public. In short, we see this film as a tool for education, discussion, planning and action towards police reform in our communities.
A selection of documentary and fiction films that survey the dizzying political landscape of contemporary American cinema. The films explore notions of manhood, nationhood, political, spiritual and poetic freedom. Academy nominated films, festival selections and independently-minded productions come together in a film program that aspires to assist viewers in changing or abandoning strongly held convictions, acquired behaviors and habits associated with the consumption of moving images. Living Together Film Series is a collaboration of Bill Cosford Cinema, with Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design and Tower Theater.
Presented by the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design, Living Together is a cross-disciplinary series of performance art, film and video screenings, readings, talks, and workshops taking place at various sites across the greater Miami area from September 2017 to April 2018. At this moment of radical change in the political landscape, with its increasing emphasis on borders, exclusion, and separation, and an accompanying sense of the urgency of political engagement, Living Together seeks to find new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to reimagine our cities and our lives.
Directed by Craig Atkinson.
USA. 73minutes. 2K Digital Projection