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Bulletproof Unclassified 18+

Director: Todd Chandler
Country: USA (2021)
Language: English

Hot Docs award winner Todd Chandler examines disturbing cultural and commercial evolutions in today’s USA, where schools operate in the shadow of mass shootings.

For American young people growing up in a culture with seemingly ubiquitous gun violence, attending school has become an increasingly nerve-racking experience. Students and their parents don’t feel safe, so in response, educators have set up a variety of preventative steps – nowadays, art classes and basketball games coexist with lockdown drills, teacher firearms training and metal detector screenings. But just how useful are these measures, and who truly is profiting from the new industries they have given rise to?

This sharp, eye-opening film, which nabbed its director the 2020 Hot Docs Emerging International Filmmaker Award, questions the meaning of safety in American schools. Chandler’s approach draws from the best of legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s style: observing without commentary, drawing on voices from Texas to New York to Palo Alto, and giving the audience plenty of room to think. Incendiary but unobtrusive, Bulletproof will stoke anger and exasperation at a debate that rages on, seemingly without any effective solution.

“Chandler’s quiet, sober-minded film is ultimately chilling in how it depicts the day-to-day normalization of the unspeakable.” – Variety

In Cinema

Sat 07 Aug 1:45 pm [17081]
Bulletproof (84 mins)
Kino 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Fri 13 Aug 9:00 pm [16421]
Bulletproof (84 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
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Online

40044
Sat 14 Aug 9:00 am [40044]
Bulletproof (84 mins)
Online
Director
Todd Chandler
Producers
Danielle Varga, Todd Chandler
Cinematographer
Emily Topper
Composer
Troy Herion
Editors
Shannon Kennedy, Todd Chandler
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital

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