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Virtual Film Screening: Capturing the Flag
The Center is excited to host a virtual screening of the new documentary Capturing the Flag on October 6 at 7 p.m. This important film looks at the fight against voter suppression. A virtual panel presentation will take place following the screening.
Register for this event to receive the screening room link and password.
The Center is co-hosting the screening with the Illinois Wesleyan University Action Research Center, Heartland Community College Student Engagement Office, the League of Women Voters of McLean County, and the YWCA of McLean County.
Capturing The Flag begins in the fall of 2016 as three old friends – Laverne, Steve and Claire – travel from New York to North Carolina to do voter protection work at the polls. Laverne and Steve have been volunteering their time and resources in this way since 2008, but this is Claire’s first election as a U.S. Citizen after immigrating from South Africa 18 years ago. In North Carolina, they are joined by a fourth friend, Trista, who was inspired to volunteer at the last moment. We spend the days before Election Day in Cumberland County, fully embedded with our team as they work to protect voters in the first presidential election since the 2013 dismantling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Through their eyes and efforts — and the hundreds of voters they try to assist — the human dimension of democracy comes into focus. Their intimate journeys as citizens of conscience uncover stories about the strength and fragility of American democracy that are rarely heard.
Dealing with themes that are constantly sensationalized and manipulated in 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.