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Do Not Resist


DO NOT RESIST is 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. This 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 to inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence”.

Running Time: 72 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Conflicts, Crime, Current Affairs, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice, Military, Politics, Society, Urbanism
Language(s): English
Producer(s): Laura Hartrick


  • Variety
  • Indiewire
    “A brutal statement”
  • The Moveable Fest
    “A startling feature debut”
  • NBC News
    “Atkinson exposes the disturbing reality of the evolution of American police culture”
  • The New Yorker
    “An eye-opening experience"
    “This film that uses documentary to go deep into a world with a cinematic experience. We were excited by the directorial debut of a cinematographer who already has created a great body of work. Do Not Resist shines a light on the frightening story of the militarization of the police. In an impactful way the director uses his amazing access to look at power and force from the inside.”

Festival Participation

  • Tribeca Film Festival - 2016
    Winner of Best Documentary Feature
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2016
  • Traverse City Film Festival
  • Maryland Film Festival
  • AFI Docs
  • DOXA
  • HotDocs

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