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Slay the Dragon


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 redrawing electoral maps and redistricting processes. It used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data, serving the party in power. The result was one of the greatest electoral manipulations in American history, posing a fundamental threat to democracy and exacerbating the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country. Following groups of outraged citizens, the film sees them battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.

Running Time: 104 min.
Subject(s): Activism, American History, Current Affairs, History, Law and Justice, Politics, Society, Urbanism
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance
Cinematographer: Fabrizio Costantini, Sam Russell
Editor(s): Seth Bomse
Production Company: React Films, Ark Media Production


  • Variety
    The most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade.
    Owen Gleiberman
  • FilmThreat
    NINE OUT OF TEN STARS... educational, inspirational, exciting and, most importantly, interesting
    Chuck Foster

Festival Participation

  • Cinema Eye Honors Award - 2021
    Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation Nominee
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - 2019
    Best Documentary Feature Nominee
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - 2019
    Student Choice Award Nominee
  • Traverse City Film Festival - 2019
    Audience Award Audience Award for Best US Nonfiction Film
  • AFI Docs - 2019

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