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Summary Focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called Riotsvilles, where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, director Sierra Pettengill’s kaleidoscopic all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation ...

Written By: Tobi Haslett

Riotsville, U.S.A.
Metascore Universal Acclaim Based on 18 Critic Reviews
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Summary Focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called Riotsvilles, where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, director Sierra Pettengill’s kaleidoscopic all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation ...

Written By: Tobi Haslett

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Universal Acclaim Based on 18 Critic Reviews
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Universal Acclaim Based on 18 Critic Reviews
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94% Positive
17 Reviews
0% Mixed
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6% Negative
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20% Negative
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Production Company Arch + Bow Films, Canal & the Gallery, Field of Vision (II), Haos Film, LinLay Productions, Trailer 9, XRM Media
Release Date Sep 16, 2022
Duration 1 h 31 m
Tagline 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.
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards
2 Nominations
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
• 1 Win & 1 Nomination
Torino Film Festival
• 1 Win & 1 Nomination