U.S., 2019, 101 min, Dir. Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, Not rated but suitable for children, Magnolia Pictures
"Slay the Dragon is 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
After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.S. history, one that poses a fundamental threat to American democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country. Slay the Dragon shines a light on this timely issue, 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.
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