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Riotsville, USA

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Director: Sierra Pettengill Run Time: 91 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

The Future of Film is Female presents a special preview screening of Sierra Pettengill’s documentary Riotsville, USA. To make an additional $10 donation to The Future of Film is Female, select the “Event + Donation” ticket on the checkout screen.

Welcome to Riotsville USA – a point in American history when the nation’s rulers–politicians, bureaucrats, police–were faced with the mounting militancy of the late 1960s, and did everything possible to win the war in the streets. Using training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles” where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder, in addition to nationally broadcast news media, director Sierra Pettengill connects the stagecraft of “law and order” to the real violence of state practice. Recovering an obscured history whose effects have shaped the present in ways both insidious and explosive, Riotsville, USA is a poetic and furious reflection on the rebellions of the 1960s – and the machine that wanted to destroy them.

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