DO NOT RESIST is an urgent documentary that explores the militarization of local police departments—in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment—since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, crafts an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America.
This film merges the arts with contemporary and critical social issues in the U.S. today. We see the film as an opportunity to create dialogue among criminal and social justice advocates, policy makers, police leadership and the public. In short, we see this film as a tool for education, discussion, planning and action towards police reform in our communities.
Tribeca Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature (’16)
Denver Film Festival, Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Feature (’16)
Indianapolis Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature (’16)
Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature (’16)
Social Impact and Media Awards, Best Documentary Editing (’17)
American Bar Association 2017 Silver Gavel Award Winner (’17)
DIG Award for Best Long Form Reporting, Documentary Inchiesti Giornalismi (Italy, ’17)