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Riotsville, USA (2022)

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Pettingill's beguiling assemblage of news footage ... is especially generous for fellow research nerds who love rabbit holes and quirky intermissions.

February 1, 2022 | Full Review…

The impressive essay film, composed entirely of archival material from the late 1960s and footage created by the military, is a sobering look at a distressing reality.

January 29, 2022 | Full Review…

The mere existence of these places would be enough fodder for a documentary, but filmmaker Sierra Pettingill uses the footage of the exercises as a jumping off point.

January 28, 2022 | Full Review…

This unique framework succeeds in turning history on its head, forcing us to question how these violent tactics from the past have led to the increasingly armed present we're witnessing today.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Despite its confrontational bluntness and bleak subject matter, the film is anything but didactic.

January 31, 2022 | Full Review…

The documentary is well-intentioned yet hampered by a lack of direction, clearly defined goals, and the support of a larger, established apparatus to lend it legitimacy.

January 29, 2022 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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