Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Opening with shocking on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film then broadens its scope to present scenes from across the country—a conference presentation where the value of high-end weapons technologies is presented to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own militarygrade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. The cumulative effect of these vignettes paints a startling picture of the direction our local law enforcement is headed. Discussion with director and alumnnus Craig Atkinson, MA ’08, to follow
To show what the USA can learn from rest of the world, director Michael Moore playfully visits various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man “invader” to take their ideas and practices for America. Whether it is Italy with its generous vacation time allotments, France with its gourmet school lunches, Germany with its industrial policy, Norway with its prison system, Tunisia with its strongly progressive women’s policy, or Iceland with its strong female presence in government and business, among others, Moore discovers there is much that American should emulate. Discussion via Skype with producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal to follow.
In a celebration of outcasts, a precocious young blind woman vanishes into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community. Discussion with director and alum Garrett Zevgetis, MA ’05, and subjects Michelle and Julie Smith to follow.
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, Bennett works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, he forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight. Discussion with director Shaleece Haas and subject Bennett Wallace to follow