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Capturing The Flag

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $475


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 76 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes, link below

Copyright Date: 2018
Available in French: No

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 Man, 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. 
"In addition to covering numerous ways voting has been restricted, the film provides the invaluable service of demonstrating how ongoing confusion about just what the voting law even is in certain states is contributing to the problem of voter suppression. The film offers an intimate portrayal of concerned citizens who, as volunteers and activists, are fighting in the face of the altered legal landscape to secure the most fundamental right of democracy - the right to vote."  - Jeffrey Green, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Democracy, University of Pennsylvania
DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, audio description for the visually impaired, and scene selection.

Screened at:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Provincetown Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

Links: www.capturingtheflag.com - film's website

www.bullfrogfilms.com/guides/cflagguide.pdf  - viewing guide

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