To open Resisting Arrest: A Conference on Policing & Insurgency, we will screen the 1972 film State of Siege directed by Costa-Gavras. This film is a fictionalized account of the kidnapping and assassination of the US public safety advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay by the Tupamaros National Liberation Movement. The film galvanized public opposition to the US police assistance program, which operated from the 1950s until the mid-1970s in over 40 countries across the so-called Third World.
Set in an earlier moment of entanglement among police, intelligence, and military agencies, this film will set the foundation for our discussions of the conference’s themes of policing and insurgency.
After a brief introduction beginning at 6:00pm, we will watch the 2-hour film (in French, with English subtitles) and follow it with a discussion.