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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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


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


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


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


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


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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