Slay the Dragon
Join us on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 for a Zoom Q&A with Dan Daley, author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, which inspired SLAY THE DRAGON. Daley followed up Ratf**ked with Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy. A frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering, he is the former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and the former CEO and publisher of the Connecticut News Project.
This Zoom Q&A is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Please register ahead of time by clicking the above button. The Zoom will open at 6:45, to allow 15 minutes for tech troubleshooting before the Q&A begins at 7:00.
Now playing through Thursday, May 28. One week only!
- Ticket price: $6.99 for unlimited viewing within a 3-day rental period.
- How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.
During our temporary closure, we're excited to bring you opportunities to watch new release titles on your home screen while directly supporting Amherst Cinema. When you watch these Virtual Cinema films at home, the cost of the digital "ticket" is split between the film distributor and Amherst Cinema—just like with a ticket purchased at our box office.
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 our democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country.
Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But 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 plan 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.
The new documentary 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.