Riotsville, USA

MKE Film Festival

RIOTSVILLE, USA is a poetic and furious reflection on the myriad rebellions of the late 1960s. Using only military and broadcast television archival footage, director Sierra Pettengill shifts our historic gaze from the rebellions themselves to footage of Army-built model towns where police and military members were trained to respond to domestic civil disorder. Amid today’s simultaneous reckonings on identity and technology companies consolidating power, Pettengill urges us to understand how the machine of American institutional authority manages to rumble on.


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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