Riotsville, USA

  • Sierra Pettengill
  • United States
  • 2022
  • 91 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests, Focus: Playing Reality
Riotsville, USA is a poetic and furious reflection on the reaction of a nation’s citizens and institutions to the rebellions of the late 1960s. This artful, riveting documentary consists entirely of archival footage that was shot by the United States military or appeared on broadcast television. Director Sierra Pettengill shifts our historic gaze from the rebellions in Chicago, Newark, and Detroit, focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles,” where military and police were trained to respond to domestic civil disorder.


Sierra Pettengill
Sara Archambault for Arch + Bow Films, Jamila Wignot for Apograph Productions


World Sales
Cleo Veger for Dogwoof
Festival Handling
Luke Brawley for Dogwoof

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91', DCP, color / black and white

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Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Focus: Playing Reality

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