"The Public" Film Series: Bulletproof

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What does it mean to be safe in school in the United States? Safe from what, and from whom? Bulletproof, the first installment in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study's "The Public" Film Series, poses and complicates these questions through a provocative exploration of fear and American violence and explores the complexities of violence in schools by looking at the strategies employed to prevent it.

The film observes the longstanding rituals that take place in and around American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and math class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are a collection of newer traditions: lockdown drills, teacher firearms training, metal detector screenings, and school safety trade shows.

Bulletproof asks what these rituals reflect back at us, looking beyond immediate causes and responses to mass shootings in a cinematic meditation on the array of forces that shape the culture of violence in the United States.

A panel discussion will follow the film.

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