Film Spotlight: DO NOT RESIST

March 26, 2018admin



Amidst the current turmoil surrounding our nation’s gun laws and policing maneuvers, this is not a time to stay quiet. Regardless of what you might believe, we all need to be in this conversation together. Many of the violent problems start from the top, and in Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist, we see this most evidently. Winner for Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist spotlights policing has changed drastically since 9/11.

The Times Are a Changin’.

“It’s my hope that both community members and officers working hard to challenge the culture of policing within their departments use this film to illustrate the dire need for change.”
Craig Atkinson, Director of DO NOT RESIST

Atkinson, a son of a Detroit officer, finds the subject to be close to home…and you should too. After three years of filming, Do Not Resist could not have come at a more relevant time. The documentary starts on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown. From there, the storyline unfolds around how police departments are pulled away from justice and into militarization.

Experience the Story.

Since 9/11, the federal government has given police departments more than $40 billion in equipment. With no stipulations on how it should be deployed or any reporting requirements. As citizens and bystanders, we can only imagine how this would progress. Do Not Resist offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America with a glimpse into the future. You can see the the award-winning film this Thursday.  Thanks to the current Living Together campaign by MDC’s Museum of Art + Design, it’s free! Find out more and reserve your spot here.