Winner of Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist opens with shocking scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, to introduce an array of stories that collectively detail the disturbing realities of American police culture. The film depicts a high-end weapons expert who instructs police departments around the nation on the need for force and intimidation; a growing number of small towns and cities being armed with expensive military-grade equipment; and the development of face-recognition technology that makes the automated scanning of cities for wanted offenders a likely reality. Director Craig Atkinson provides a unique and powerful image of the stories and characters surrounding an issue that has billions of dollars—and lives—hanging in the balance.
“This film really captures the problem that the police don’t really identify as part of the community, and the ‘us vs. them’ mentality.” – Antonio Ginatta, Advocacy Director, U.S. Program
Q&A with Craig Atkinson and Antonio Ginatta, Advocacy Director, US program, HRW