Slay the Dragon
Directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance
April 13 – June 30
“The most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
This new documentary, Slay the Dragon, shines a light on the timely issue of gerrymandering and follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.
Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. In today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information.
The effects of this audacious practice have continued to bear fruit through the 2018 midterms. But voters, fed up with cynical efforts to sidestep the will of the majority, have begun fighting back. In one example, a grassroots movement led by a young woman with no political experience gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to put an anti-gerrymandering initiative on the ballot in Michigan. 2020, U.S., 101 minutes. Rated PG-13.