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Screening  |  Do Not Resist

Part of the Dare to be Diverse Film Series

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

There will be a Panel Discussion after the film, including

- Dr. Anthony Neal (Associate Professor of Political Science),
- John Elmore, Esq. (Attorney) and
- Dr. Michael Niman (Professor of Communication),
- moderated by Dr. Ruth Goldman (Asst. Professor of Communication).


Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST -the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military
equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.

Beyond Boundaries is curated by Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles, and Michael Niman and Jason Parker, and is sponsored by:

The Office of Equity and Campus Diversity
The Department of Communication, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Opening on startling 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 military-grade 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.

Craig Atkinson was also the co-producer and cinematographer of Detropia, which was short-listed for an Academy Award and won the Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Free with gallery admission.


SUNY Buffalo State’s Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, Communication Department, the Office of Student Life and Burchfield Penney Art Center are partnering to create Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse, a dynamic, year-long program designed to initiate and promote continuing dialogue about issues of diversity on campus. The series is curated by Professors Meg Knowles and Ruth Goldman from the Communication Department and Jason Parker from the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.  The program, held at Buffalo State over the course of the 2016/2017 school year.