“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.
It’s a documentary about gerrymandering, and offhand it would be hard to think of a subject less sexy — or a phrase less inviting to audiences than “a documentary about gerrymandering.” But that issue, more than any other, is the subject from which American democracy now hangs by a thread.
The film is incisively made and morally suspenseful, at once chilling and stirring.
The film deals with gerrymandering on a human level — as the endgame in the fight for democracy — and it shows us what the resistance to it now looks like: a bunch of ordinary citizens, with no power beyond what the Constitution gave them, building the crusade for voter rights into the ultimate liberal holy war.
“Slay the Dragon” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
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