Slay the Dragon


February 01, 2020
12:00 PM /
San Diego
Discussion to follow featuring Katie Fahey, film subject and Executive Director, The People; Chris Wilson, Associate Director, Alliance San Diego and Dreisen Heath, US Advocacy Officer, Human Rights Watch
QA Session with the Filmmaker

As the country turns its eyes and leaps into action ahead of the upcoming 2020 US election - record numbers of people are registering to vote. Wide-scale civic participation from every community is crucial to a healthy democracy. With this in mind, lawmakers are employing tactics to give their candidates the advantage - in many cases, all but ensuring a victory for their side - even without gaining the highest number of votes. Drawing district lines to lock in a partisan electoral advantage was once an accepted form of political gamesmanship. Now “gerrymandering” is an immensely powerful weapon of partisan advantage, creating an unresponsive and unaccountable government. But ahead of the 2020 elections and a new round of redistricting, voters are fighting back. Be inspired to get into the streets this election season and take action, as you follow the all-volunteer lead “Voters not Politicians” as they go door to door to gain support for policy change in Michigan to curb gerrymandering in their state.

With exclusive access to the legal team that brought the most important voting rights case in a generation to the Supreme Court in October 2018, Slay the Dragon chronicles the civic grit that is turning the tide in the battle for the legitimacy of US democracy. 

Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance

Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance have directed several films together, including Clinton for PBS’s American Experience, and the six-part series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Separately and together, they have won numerous Peabody, Emmy®, and Writers Guild Awards, and an Academy Award® nomination.

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