Official Trailer for 'Do Not Resist' Doc on the Current State of Policing

August 18, 2016
Source: Apple

Do Not Resist Trailer

"We are at war - and you are the front-line troops in this war." Vanish Films has released an official trailer for the "chilling" documentary Do Not Resist, a powerful look at the current state of policing in America. Directed by cinematographer Craig Atkinson, this doc begins on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and progresses through a number of different situations and key moments in history. It also includes views from both sides of the battle – the public and the police – with a SWAT ride-along and police training seminar profiled. This is obviously a very major topic in America at this time in history, and it's fascinating to see this kind of documentary arriving right in the thick of it, when there is no real solution to any problems just yet. This is a fantastic trailer - it let's all the footage speak for itself without trying to explain too much else.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Craig Atkinson's doc Do Not Resist, in high def on Apple:

Do Not Resist Doc Poster

Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist - the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and also played at Hot Docs. VANISH Films will open Do Not Resist in theaters starting September 30th this fall.

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


With police constantly dressed like soldiers, don't the civilians just become enemy combatants? Righteous violence? That's some Jesus gun speak.

Carpola on Aug 18, 2016


Only if you might carry a weapon. We only have that level of policing here in the UK when its deemed a possible threat. The use of tasers have escalated admittedly, but its safer than getting up close and personal with a baton. We also have a high level of investigation after, some times too high.

Steven on Aug 18, 2016


The US and the UK are totally different places, with very different mindsets. The recent incident with the unarmed care assistant looking after a mentally ill boy being shot while complying with everything the officer said highlighted how mental the US can be. Although I was listening to the radio the other day in the UK and a blind man was tasered and beaten because the police believed his white stick was a samurai sword, so maybe we aren't so different.

Carpola on Aug 19, 2016


Yeah I think you'll always have those a bit over zealous and the training isn't going to always flag these people out. We've a smaller population and less chance of the fear of guns, so such events are rare, but even so we've our own problems.

Steven on Aug 19, 2016


The Policeman must of watched Zatoichi the night before. 🙂

Steven on Aug 21, 2016


Free country eh? Yeah, you can have it.

Charles Knowlton on Aug 18, 2016


Cool, I'll take it.

mzungu on Aug 18, 2016


American police looks like some occupying force ... I'm glad I don't live in that country ... People there should make more films like these, write more books about that, have more tv shows like that and become more civilized society. What Americans don't know is that police make them look less civilized from abroad. When I was young I wanted to live in US. Today, I hope only to see Canada on that continent ...

shiboleth on Aug 18, 2016


Cops here are not that bad. The media loves the portray them as vicious skull bashers. It's pitiful how the media giants love to push this negative agenda.

Xerxexx on Aug 19, 2016


To be honest, I certainly don't buy anything that media sells. And I think that US police is not the worst but I think they are pretty bad considering the circumstances. Don't get me wrong, I live in Europe and don't know as much as probably you do about US, but I do know some people from there and even more from Canada and all of them are pretty much grim and not feeling so secure about real well being of most of the people when it comes to talk about US. Other than that, US policy on fire arms is a bit sick for everyone normal. And I think that US is very much divided in socioeconomic terms. Only those two things are enough to think that there's something very wrong with the police and laws in US ... Then again, don't get me wrong, I think US is great country with many very intelligent and creative people but some things look very and utterly wrong ...

shiboleth on Aug 19, 2016


It's a very complex situation without easy answers, shiboleth. We need the police and I personally see a half dozen all the time in and around the library I go to up the street from my apartment here in L.A. They are really nice and dedicated people and where would we be without them and their presence? It would be lawless chaos, so I for one welcome them and am glad they exist. However, there certainly is a very pathological element involved in the desire to be a police person...wear a badge and a uniform and carry a loaded weapon and nightstick and all the power that comes with that. Many abuse it, but not as many that don't and that do a good job protecting us. It's very troubling the repeated shootings and killings of black people, almost like it's some kind of disease and pattern and I've no idea what can be done about it. Power corrupts and racism is still extremely present in American culture. Like I said, it's very complex, but human beings and the human condition seems to need law enforcement or otherwise we'd be robbing and looting and killing each other until we totally self destructed. Human...all too human...Cheers!...and of course...Peace.

Bo on Aug 19, 2016


Let's not be biased, I agree Bo. And I agree, it's a complex situation since it has to do with the whole edifying structure of society. And it is very much true that a lot of people working in police force are decent people. But Bo, how many countries, take Western countries, have police shooting their citizens like US police? Not too many Bo or not at all and for many it is a reason to call US a bit of police state. As for the order provided for police forces, it is their job and I also agree that this is done mostly admirably and I join you there, I am also glad it's done by most of them correctly. But you also said it, there are some very complex issues in society related to the whole problematic. Certainly, it's different in every country but the situation where police looks like being sometimes against the society or some part of it does not create normal situation. However, I always found interesting in American culture, and since this is a film forum I'm glad I can say it here, films with police detectives and officers. As I already stated before somewhere here, I always think of those films, no matter how realistic or not, as some kind of allegory, of something that police and society should be. I pretty much, as anyone else, very early realized that police stories in films or tv series are not what they really are. I would even stretch that attitude to the whole of American cinema and society and say, I really like American films but I hope I'll never live to see that country. Since that's harsh statement, and not quite true with its end, I hope at least that you understand what I tried to say ... Cheers and, yes, definitely, peace Bo ...

shiboleth on Aug 20, 2016


Thanks for you reply, shiboleth, as always. Let me first state that I am not being biased and almost, but not quite, resent the implication that I am. What I am is probably one of the most radical Americans you'll ever meet. I only refer to my being American because I was born here. I have traveled the world and if I had been able to find a better place to live my life I would have. However, I never found a better place, for me and my proclivities, to live then here in the States. So biased is way off base in referring to me. I have to confront you on all your seemingly anti-American views because for the simple fact you have never been here at all, let alone for a short period of time. Come on, shiboleth, you're a smarter man than that. Why would you state that you hope you'll never live to see the country. It would seem to me, at least it's what I did, that one would want to experience any country and it's culture personally in order to educate themselves more fully as to what the country is like. I, at the present time, do not much care for American films as they have become infantile and huge capitalistic endeavors that have nothing to do with artistic expression. They are just fodder for the masses and might as well be amusement parks rides as to be films. I also think it's a bit off base to consider America to be a police state. That's just ridiculous, shiboleth. Please, realize that I am not in any way defending America or it's culture. I come from a very neutral position as just an observer of the world around me. I happen to have been born here, but I choose to live here because there simply is no better place for me and for my specific needs. Police states exist and have existed in some South American countries as well as some close to your neck of the woods. I was in the Philippines once when it was under Marshall Law and believe me I know what a police state looks like. Again, there is a huge problem here with police shootings of minorities, but that hardly qualifies the country to be a police state. I don't, personally, experience any such thing and my exposure to police people is quite pleasant and nothing close to what you seem to think. Come here and see for yourself, shiboleth, instead of coming to conclusions without doing so. Or not. I must tell me friends of your considering me to be biased when it comes to America. They'll get a good laugh out of it and will react with...'you? Bo?...biased?..for America?' I can see why you might think as such from out conversations, but perhaps this might add to your knowledge and forming of opinions when confronted by someone such as me...who is certainly not a 'typical American'...come see for yourself, shiboleth. Traveling to another country other than one's own is the best education a person can receive. Now, Hell or High Water is supposed to be a pretty good American film coming out that has things on its mind about the banking debacle here and how poor people suffer just trying to make ends meet in a country dominated by the rich 1%. That's

Bo on Aug 20, 2016


Oh Bo, I feel I have somehow been very unfair even if I didn't want to be. But it's my foul, my mistake and I'll try to be better than that in this reply. There are two things you stated in your answer that I really didn't mean so seriously and pretty much not at all. And I even tried to state that. But I believe that part was to clumsily done by me. For that Bo, before my explanation, you have my full apology. And just to say, I won't even try to hide behind some bad English of me although I think I could articulate the whole thing better. Firstly Bo, no, it was not my intention to say in any way that you are biased. My sentence is: 'Let's not be biased, I agree Bo'. On the end, it says 'I agree' and that means I agree with you that it is not good to be biased. Not at all Bo, I don't think that you ARE biased since all my experiences with you say that you ABSOLUTELY ARE NOT. The meaning of 'bias' was not intended to address you but being biased generally and to acknowledge that being biased is not a good thing. Very sorry about that. And to add: it would be really quite idiotic from me to say that I understand your country better from you. As for the last statement, ' I hope I'll never live to see that country. Since that's harsh statement, and not quite true with its end'. It says 'not quite true" and it was meant like some kind of sarcasm with myself. Yes, I was also very critical but I was being a bit sarcastic about myself not willing to see US. I absolutely acknowledge I was writing that post a bit too metaphorically in a language I don't fully master and now I am sorry for that. The reason for that is me being overconfident that I can do it correctly. I definitely wasn't. Unfortunately, I see that now. To be more plain, I meant to say that, sometimes, according to what I know about US from outside, mostly through films or media, it seems like it would be good not to see that country. But that doesn't mean that I really would not like that. I never wanted to describe it here, but when it comes to US and Canada, I would like to have a chance and rent a car and then drive from East to West coast of both countries. It would take some time, but I believe it would be great adventure to do it. Besides, I used to know two American girls during late 1980s (women in their 40s today) from Ohio I'd like to meet. We lost contact in time and I would only like to see how they are doing today. And had friendship with Vietnam war veteran who was married to one of my female neighbours around here and was coming here regularly for some time, year after year. We also lost contact and I am afraid he's not alive any more since he was over fifty when I was only 18. Who knows what happened to him? You remind me sometimes of him since we talked a lot about the differences in cultures. And I have more of this, but I think you got the message. And of course, I still meet Americans here and no, Bo, I don't tell them, since I don't mean it, that I don't want ever to see their country. I admit, I wanted to provoke a bit of discussion but I didn't want to show real and outright contempt for the place where you live. However I also wanted to be honest and say, from the outside, US is really sometimes looking like a place that isn't quite secure and pleasant to live for the most people. As for the police state. Well, that's how it looks sometimes when it is mediated, but again, I rely on your judgment. And I rely on the fact that such description requires much more investigation in one's society. And I dare to say, it also requires a better police. But yes, the resultant, the final statement quite truly wouldn't be police state in US. Yes, I believe such a statement would be a stupidity in your eyes. I guess, I just wanted to express a strong statement since I believe that police in every social system is also a part of the problem. In fact, I don't like to talk about police forces. Not here, not in US, not anywhere. However, I never really felt something like that, living in a police state, not even when my country was called Yugoslavia and has being lead by one party system. It was more tense than today and you could have problems with the police but only if you had a real grudge with the system, but then again,nobody was really afraid of it. The rest of Eastern bloc was another story since it was under control of Russians. The whole thing was much more serious until 1970s and since then some kind of liberation was felt in the whole of Eastern bloc. And that's my time, no real fear of the system, of the police or of violent repression of any kind. But that also, on the other side, doesn't mean I don't have harsh words for my country. Believe me, I am not really typical Eastern European and I like to be very critical about state of affairs here. These days especially. A lot of nationalistic bigotry and social dishonesty around here, Bo. I don't mean to hide it and I didn't mean to say we are much better than you (btw, I despise that 'me' and 'you' talk). And this goes in your favor, we don't have enough films to discuss it either. In that respect, US is really blessed since their films have made it a subject for the whole world. And one need to cope with that. From either side, I guess... I apologize one more time Bo. Enjoy time with your friends and dearest and if you can, don't make too much fun of me. Cheers and peace ...

shiboleth on Aug 20, 2016


I'm laughing, good naturally, at how serious this discussion has become, shiboleth. First, you do not own me an apology, for you didn't do anything to me that you have to apologize for. I do admire your willingness to do so as I find that courageous. I really do not have friends and dearest, as you say, as I hang by myself mostly, but I have a good buddy who would get a kick out of 'radical' Bo being considered to be a biased American or ever standing in defense of America. I wasn't doing that or intending to do that. I was more addressing what I perceive to be 'distorted' perceptions of America. I think you got that and addressed it pretty well. I happen to think the whole world is a mess and that human beings have missed the mark on how to live and conduct themselves with most living unskillfully and blindly and thus suffering and causing suffering. Here, there and everywhere. I think the American film industry and films are but a mere reflection of that. Anyway, take care. No apologies necessary and you've not hurt my feelings in any way about your feelings about America, which you are entitled to and I fully understand. No, I am not that kind of American who takes offense at someone criticizing America. How can I be when I do too? My affront, and I embellish here, was to be incorrectly considered bias...and even then I was just yammering as I could care less what anyone thinks of me or considers me to be or not to be. As I stated, I see human beings as being unskilled and blind and do not allow myself to be vulnerable to what they do, say, think, or feel...about me or anything So, shiboleth, no I don't think you were being unfair and you shouldn't care even if I I didn't. I enjoy our discussions and hope one day you live to see this gator...

Bo on Aug 20, 2016


And with that, we should rest this case. Until another. As you said, later gator ... p.s. Well, sorry for serious tone, but I was seriously worried I hit you with some foul somehow ... Cheers (can't get used to that lol thing, you know...)

shiboleth on Aug 20, 2016


No foul...and I laugh out loud quite a bit...I find laughter the only anecdote to the madness around me...'s as the old Zen monk once said, 'There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.'

Bo on Aug 20, 2016


Well, I usually am hoping that I am not the one who makes for that madness. Anyway, let me join you with that laughter ...

shiboleth on Aug 21, 2016


Please do join me in the laughter. Cultivating awareness in one's thinking and in one's action helps to insure one does not add to the madness. Peace.

Bo on Aug 21, 2016


how many other countries have you visited? US cops treat bad guys with kid gloves compared to anywhere else.

wobbles9094 on Aug 22, 2016


Of course, I visited few of them, mostly European countries. All police forces in those countries probably can be brutal, but I don't have any experience with that. Still, those situations that you describe, when people act violently and disrespectful toward cops are not something I see often. And, if we talk about police outside of Western hemisphere, things are probably very bad, I could probably agree with you on that.. But, as for US, it's a part of social, cultural and political atmosphere there and that one is much more violent than is, for example, somewhere in Europe. Of course, let's not be naive, a lot of bad things happen in Europe, too. But police in Europe don't get as much attention as American one does. And mostly, that attention is connected to violence. And that's not just media stuff, there is something to it. Whether it has something to do with the American society as a whole, or there's something similar about the American police that is wrong ...

shiboleth on Aug 23, 2016


maybe if violent a-holes weren't constantly trying to murder the police they'd look more like Andy Griffith. Things didn't get this way out of nowhere and for nothing.

wobbles9094 on Aug 22, 2016


This reminded me of that quote from the end of BATMAN BEGINS concerning the escalation of bad guys and the Batman. I have known people on both sides of the equation and all I can say is this is tough situation and no one will ever win.

DAVIDPD on Aug 18, 2016


Police officers and public school teachers. Two of the most thankless occupations on the planet. For the amount of grief they get and the paltry salary, I don't know why anyone would pursue a job in those fields. I wonder where we would be if people just decided it wasn't worth it to do these jobs anymore.

tommyturner on Aug 18, 2016


School teachers deserve way more praise and pay.

Carpola on Aug 19, 2016


Well, that comparison is offensive to public school teachers. Police force is always willing to support any political system be it a democracy or a dictatorship. And police is securing that poor get all the harsh enforcement in society. Not the same for wealthier part of society. Public school teachers develop in their jobs everything that goes against that attitude ...

shiboleth on Aug 19, 2016


Many school teachers are scumbags who spend most of the time indoctrinating our children to be obedient slaves and the rest of the time molesting them....

wobbles9094 on Aug 22, 2016

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