GUNS: Fear of school shootings in the US has created an entire industry dedicated to turning educational institutions penal.
Nick Holdsworth
Nick Holdsworth
Our regular critic.
Published date: November 1, 2020

Todd Chandler’s sobering film, Bulletproof – partially developed at the Sundance Institute Documentary Program – reveals the extent to which American schools have become simulacrums of prisons over the past 30 years.

As the deadly drumbeat of school shootings continues – with more incidents in the two decades of the 21st century than the entire 20th – Chandler concentrates on the attempts to prevent shootings, rather than the depressing litany of deaths that rolling 24/7 news relentlessly pumps out.

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Bulletproof, a film by Todd Chandler

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There are no statistics in Bulletproof – and with the exception of a couple of interviews (one of which, with the ex-military security chief of a large Texas high school that boasts a $6.5 million state of the art security system, forms a loose thread through the narrative) – Chandler lets the images and snippets of conversation tell the story.

At times the director’s approach is apparently as random as a school shooting: he moves seamlessly from …


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