In 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidates the part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act requiring certain states to submit changes in voting laws to the Justice Department for approval. Almost immediately, certain states take voter suppression measures such as enacting voter ID laws, redrawing district boundaries, and repealing same-day registration.
Three months before the 2016 election, a group of volunteers across the country mobilizes to work on voter protection – to observe elections and to assure that all those who wish to vote are legally allowed to do so. Laverne Berry, Steven Miller, and Claire Wright head to North Carolina. What they find at the polls serves as both a warning and a call to action for anyone interested in protecting the ‘one person, one vote’ fundamental of our democracy.
Dealing with themes that are constantly sensationalized and manipulated by the media – Left vs. Right, North vs. South, Black vs. White – CAPTURING THE FLAG offers instead deeply personal, often surprising perspectives on the 2016 Presidential Election and its aftermath.
“Tells the modern story of voter suppression practices in vivid detail…Will be required viewing in my voting rights class.” Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Prof. Law, Indiana University Bloomington
The film’s director, Anne de Mare will be joining us from New York through a video feed to introduce the film promptly at 6:30 pm and award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast will be appearing on screen after the film to discuss his work exposing voter suppression and answer audience questions. Greg Palast is known for his investigative reports for BBC television, Rolling Stone and currently The Guardian. He’s written four New York Times bestsellers, including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which is also a feature documentary. Catch his reports at GregPalast.com