About this film

Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the U.S. military. Using footage shot by the media and the government, the film explores the militarization of the police and the reaction of a nation to the uprisings of the late ’60s, creating a counter-narrative to a critical moment in the country’s history. While it has no actual connection to the film, many Detroiters might find this documentary a spiritual relative of “12th and Clairmountdue to its reliance on historical footage and frequent visits to the Motor City. Indiewire called it atransfixing and troubling archival documentary (that) feels like watching a Ken Burns film through a kaleidoscope.Michigan premiere. 

AFTER THE FILM: Both screenings will feature a post-film conversation led by Detroit historian and journalist Bill McGraw, who was a producer on the documentary “12th and Clairmount.” The Friday screening will include former deputy mayor and police chief for the City of Detroit Ike McKinnon, former homicide detective Ira Todd and Peter Werbe, local activist and long-time figure in alternative and commercial media in Detroit. The Saturday screening, along with McKinnon and Todd, will include former city council member Sheila Cockrel.


7:30 p.m. Fri., April 29, Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine (Theater 3)

7 p.m. Sat., April 30, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA


Sierra Pettengill

Tobi Haslett

Charlene Modeste

Jamila Wignot, Sara Archambault

Executive producers:
Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras

Jace Clayton

Nels Bangerter


Running time:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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