Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: Do Not Resist

Thu, September 6, 2018 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Do Not Resist
Do Not Resist

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.

Watch the trailer.


The screening will begin at 6:30PM and will be followed by remarks and a question and answer session with Gabriel Solis, Executive Director of Texas After Violence. Prior to returning to the Texas After Violence Project in 2016, where he previously served as project coordinator and associate director, Gabriel Daniel Solis worked as a post-conviction mitigation specialist for the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs. Gabriel was also a policy researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and coordinator of the Rule of Law Oral History Project at Columbia University. He has conducted research on policing, mass incarceration, the death penalty, counter-narratives of violence, and the impacts of violence and trauma on individuals, families, and communities. His writings has appeared in the Oxford American, Scalawag, and Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power. His upcoming article "Symbolic Annihilation & Postmortem Narratives" will be published in Kula: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies. Gabriel is the recipient of the 2018 Pushcart Prize for nonfiction.

Refreshments will be provided. 

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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