Filmmaker Sierra Pettengill begins with footage filmed by the US military in the 1960s of dress rehearsals for show-of-force responses to the domestic unrest that was unnerving America at the time. The material’s horrifying implications quickly settle in, however, as Pentengill digs deep into other archival material to answer the question of how these large-scale law enforcement orchestrations came into being in the first place. This is a film of disquieting brilliance, fittingly arriving at DOC NYC’s Winner’s Circle from having won a major award in George Floyd’s Minneapolis earlier this year. – Jaie Laplante

The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sierra Pettengill.

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Director: Sierra Pettengill
Executive Producer: Charlotte Cook, Michael Y. Chow & Sue Turley, Grace Lay & Sumalee Montano
Editor: Nels Bangerter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Year: 2022
Publicist: Magnolia Pictures
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures