Riotsville U.S.A.

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Oct 06 - 07 2022
Riotsville U.S.A.

Consisting of period newsreels and other archival footage, this eye-opening new film explores how government officials obsessed with “law and order” opted to militarize the police rather than redress the policies that provoked the riots.

USA, 2022, Sierra Pettengill

“Riotsvilles” were model towns built by the U.S. military during the late 1960s where law enforcement officers could train for controlling the civil unrest of that explosive era. “Mesmerizing…Tracks American anti-Black racism through a wealth of disturbing, at times super-freaky 1960s archival footage.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 91 min.


General admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D.holders, and those age 25 & under $8.

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As a reminder, filmgoers can park for free in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, and should enter CIA via nearby Entrance C. Click here for a map.

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  • Oct 6, 2022 at 06:45 pm - 08:20 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 7, 2022 at 09:20 pm - 10:55 pm (Fri)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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