RIOTSVILLE U.S.A. virtual film showing and discussion

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
6:30 PM, Friday, February 17, 2023 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

Meaningful Movies in Kirkland is pleased to present a virtual screening of RIOTSVILLE, U.S.A. The film shows a turning point in American history, where the protest movements of the late 1960s came into conflict with increasingly militarized police departments.

Director Sierra Pettengill assembled images from unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles” – where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson – to show how the national consciousness became obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary. Drawing insight from a time similar to our own, RIOTSVILLE, U.S.A. puts the focus on American institutional control and its role in supporting racism.

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After registering you will receive a link to the Zoom event on the 17th at 6:30 pm.  We will screen the film within the Zoom meeting followed by a community discussion.

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Release Year: 2022

Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes

Director: Sierra Pettengill