In this disquieting doc, Todd Chandler observes American institutions faced with the threat of gun violence and the industry that has grown to protect them.
Despite its highly charged subject matter, Todd Chandler’s Bulletproof takes an unsensational approach, simply following various people engaging with a society that’s been shaped by the possibility of mass shootings. A woman concerned about the threat of violent attack creates a small cottage industry producing nondescript-looking hoodies made of bulletproof Kevlar. In a Las Vegas conference hall, vendors hawk technologies like in-class panic rooms and bulletproof whiteboards. At the center of this group portrait are America’s schools. Chandler observes rituals that are instantly familiar, like homecoming parades, pep rallies, morning announcements. Yet these rituals are made alien by the action movie trappings of our new normal: active shooter drills, constant surveillance, armed teachers. Bulletproof forces the viewer to contend with thorny questions surrounding commerce, violence, and fear, but offers no easy answers. It’s a deceptively quiet yet deeply troubling meditation on the forces that have led us to this strange place in American history.
In Competition: Documentary Feature Award
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