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Friday, Oct 21, 2022 12:00 AM
Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the US military. Using all archival footage, the film explores the militarization of the police and creates a counter-narrative to the nation's reaction to the uprisings of the late '60s.
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"A triumph, with the perfect amount of tension, the most damning of evidence of government-funded white supremacy, and flawless execution of narrative structure."—Bailey Jo Josie, Film Inquiry

"A sobering look at a distressing reality."—Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

Welcome to Riotsville, USA--a point in American history when the nation’s rulers--politicians, bureaucrats, police--were faced with the mounting militancy of the late-1960s, and did everything possible to win the war in the streets. Using training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles” where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder, in addition to nationally broadcast news media, director Sierra Pettengill connects the stagecraft of “law and order” to the real violence of state practice. Recovering an obscured history whose effects have shaped the present in ways both insidious and explosive, RIOTSVILLE, USA is a poetic and furious reflection on the rebellions of the 1960s–and the machine that worked to destroy them.

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Series:Coming Soon
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Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:91 minutes
Director:Sierra Pettengill
Year Released:2022
Production Country:USA