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Do Not Resist

Director Craig Atkinson will be in attendance for a Q&A immediately following the film.

Screening Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.


Directed by Craig Atkinson
United States, 2016, 73 mins., in English

Themes & Subjects: American Studies, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Law, Racism, Urban Studies

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist starts on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown and offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and glimpses into the future of increasingly militarized forces. From a ride along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a look inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of armed-combat equipment, a picture emerges of a future of high-end weapons and battlefield tactics in communities large and small.

Please note that this film does contain adult topics and images of violence.

Resources for teachers:

Lesson plan about Racial Profiling from Teaching Tolerance.


August 2016 IndieWire article, “Do Not Resist” Trailer: Award-Winning Doc Opens Your Eyes to the Complicated World of Police Militarization.

RSVP for this screening:

Global Classroom screenings are free of charge. Reservations are required. A reservation request can be made via the form below. Reservations are first-come first-serve. Making the request does not guarantee your class a spot. Northwest Film Center Education Staff will contact you via email within a week of submitting your reservation to confirm space availability. To update or cancel your reservation, please email Mia Ferm, Education Programs Manager at

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