Riotsville USA

Trailer Review

Opens October 14

In the late 60s, the U.S. military built fictional towns as training sites for military tactics that would help local police forces suppress protest movements. Sierra Pettengill’s all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation of a national consciousness obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary, and connects the dots to today’s militarized police forces. (U.S., 2022, 91m)

“Transfixing and troubling … like watching a Ken Burns film through a kaleidoscope.” –IndieWire