SLAY THE DRAGON
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.
About the Director/Writer:
Barak Goodman (Co-Director) has become, over the course of 20 years and more than 30 films, one of the most prolific and acclaimed nonfiction filmmakers in America. Bracketed by the Academy Award-nominated Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) and the Emmy Award ® -nominated Sundance hit Oklahoma City (2017), Goodman’s films have explored the greatness, turbulence and moral complexity of American life. Chris Durrance(Co-Director) has worked on more than a dozen films for PBS’ “Frontline,” including College Inc., about for-profit education, The Madoff Affair and Return of the Taliban. He has worked all over the world, including Europe, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and China, and is the winner of a Peabody, two Emmys, a duPont-Columbia silver baton and an Overseas Press Club award.
The documentary is interesting and there really isn't much wrong with it. I think my biggest issue with it is how it will age. It's very much a movie that is only relevant now, which is why I question if it will hold up in any way. Honestly, it could be outdated in a year or two, but only time will tell. For right now, it's interesting and something I would recommend.