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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.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance

Producer:  Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance

Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, William von Mueffling, Coralie Charriol Paul

Cinematographer: Samuel Russell

Editor: Seth Bomse
Composer: Gary Lionelliz

Film info:

Section: Documentary Feature Competition

Premiere: Southwest Premiere

Year: 2019

Length: 101 minutes

Language: English

Country: USA

US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales Agent: Cinetic Media

Previous Festivals:

Tribeca Film Festival

Biografilm Festival (Italy)

Virginia Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival – Audience Award

Philadelphia Film Festival


Rotten Tomatoes: 100%


“The most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade…. Slay the Dragon is an incisively made and morally suspenseful film, at once chilling and stirring.” 

- Owen Gleiberman, Variety


“Educational, inspirational, exciting and, most importantly, interesting…. Slay the Dragon emphatically proves that no matter how rigged the system is and how high the opposition is stacked against you, it is possible to make changes if you're passionate and articulate enough to convince your neighbors.” 

- Chuck Foster, Film Threat

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