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.
This film contains the following accessibility options for viewers:
Closed Captioning for in-person screenings at IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea
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