Riotsville, USASierra Pettengill

Welcome to Riotsville, a model town built by the US military to train troops in handling major riots on their own soil. Why are these towns being built? Are your fellow citizens the enemy? Why the need to militarize the police like this? This unique film - built entirely from archive material - offers the sobering answer.

In 1968 there was great social unrest in the United States. Crowds took to the streets to protest the continued oppression of blacks and riots broke out in more than 100 cities. It could have been a turning point in history, but quickly the choice was made to unleash even more violence and to further militarize the police. This impressive essay film manages to tell a clear story through archival material: news footage and images made by the US military show the mechanisms that led to a country declaring war on (a part of) its own population.


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Outside the Dox is home to a wide array of documentaries that deviate from the classic approach. Colorful films that experiment with form or content, broadening and enriching the genre. There are non-narrative films that immerse viewers in a special universe, be it a cowshed or a Russian subway. There are also very creative films that make you think about bigger issues like capitalism in China or the alarming militarization of the US security forces.



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Directed by Sierra Pettengill
U.S.
2022 91 min.
English
No subtitles


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Director

Sierra Pettengill

Script

Tobi Haslett

Producer

Sara Archambault, Jamila Wignot

Editing

Nels Bangerter

Music

Jace Clayton

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