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A film by Craig Atkinson

Runtime: 72 minutes

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About the film 

This urgent documentary 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, has crafted 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 2016, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature

Denver Film Festival 2016, Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Feature

Cinema Eye Honors 2017, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Nominee

Social Impact and Media Awards 2017, Best Feature Documentary Editing Award

American Bar Association 2017 Silver Gavel Award Winner

2017 Silver Gavel Award for Documentary by the American Bar Association

"recognizes outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.”

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“An eye-opening experience” - Dexter Filkins, – THE NEW YORKER

“A snapshot of an infuriating disconnect between power players and disenfranchised targets” - Eric Kohn, – INDIEWIRE

“The parameters of homeland security are chillingly assessed” - Michael Rechtshaffen, – LA TIMES

“A troubling portrait emerges, which is all the more interesting considering that first-time documentarian Craig Atkinson is the son of a police officer who served on a SWAT team for more than a decade” - Stephanie Merry, – THE WASHINGTON POST


Additional Press Coverage

THE GUARDIAN - Do Not Resist: new film shows how US police have become an occupying army

THE WASHINGTON POST - ‘Do Not Resist’: A chilling look at the normalization of warrior cops

BUSINESS INSIDER - This award-winning documentary on militarization of police will leave you speechless

VICE - This Documentary Shows How Terrifying the Cops’ Military-Grade Weapons Are

LISTEN WNYC: The Leonard Lopate Show with Guest Dir. Craig Atkinson - A Look at the Militarization of Local Police Departments

ROGEREBERT.COM - Reviews: Do Not Resist

MOTHER JONES - This New Film Shows Just How Far Police Militarization Has Gone

THE VILLAGE VOICE - Vital Cop Doc ‘Do Not Resist’ Tracks the Militarization of American Police

METRO - ‘Do Not Resist’ is a haunting doc on the militarization of the police

LISTEN NPR MARKETPLACE: Kai Ryssdal with Dir. Craig Atkinson - Policing the streets with military hardware

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - ‘Do Not Resist’: Film Review

THE INTERCEPT - “Do Not Resist”: The Police Militarization Documentary Everyone Should See

THE DCIST - The Documentary ‘Do Not Resist’ Is A Grim, Visceral Portrait Of Militarized Police

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - No one is helped when police officers train for war

NEWSWEEK - ‘Do Not Resist’ Documentary Puts Militarized Police Under Fire

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - ‘Do Not Resist’ review: Timely documentary about U.S. law enforcement

FOREIGN POLICY – Living in the combat zone we call home

DAILY BEAST – Is America Becoming a Police State? The Disturbing Questions of ‘Do Not Resist’



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