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Bozeman Doc Series – Slay the Dragon
October 24 @ 7:00pm
On Thursday, October 24th, at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, the Bozeman Doc Series continues its sixth season with the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary, Slay the Dragon. The film screens at 7pm.
Gerrymandering has been a popular topic recently, and for good reason. Beyond the blatant political interests fueling the practice, gerrymandering has led to an erosion of democracy, a disregard for the voter, and without it various events in the past years would not have been pulled off. Slay the Dragon draws direct connections between this practice and the Flint water crisis, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s removal of collective bargaining for public employees, bathroom bills, racism, and voter ID laws.
We learn about packing and cracking and witness creative redistricting lines full of twists, curves, and squiggles to guarantee a certain majority. But we also experience hope in the form of Katie Fahey, a Michigander who forms the group Voters Not Politicians working to bring a measure onto the state’s ballot to require an independent group – not the legislature – to draw the lines. And in Wisconsin, an activist group challenges the state’s redistricting in a case that makes its way to the US Supreme Court. Directors Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance crafts a detailed, maddening, ultimately inspiring look – deftly balancing the facts and maps with the tireless work of people like Fahey to get us to act to ensure that democracy will survive.
“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
Doors open at 6:30pm. Single admission to Slay the Dragon is $10, or $8 for students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers, as well as the Doc Series website. Visit www.bozemandocseries.org to purchase Season Passes or 7-film punch cards, and to view trailers for upcoming films.
This biweekly documentary screening series is curated by award-winning filmmaker Jason Burlage. The Doc Series brings brand new films from around the world to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater between October and April. •