Capturing the Flag
“Capturing the Flag” chronicles the efforts of three old friends — Laverne Berry, Steven Miller, and Claire Wright — who in the fall of 2016 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 similar efforts since 2008, but this is Claire’s first election as a U.S. citizen after immigrating from South Africa 18 years ago. The film embeds with the trio in Cumberland Country during the five days before Election Day — the first presidential election since the 2013 dismantling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Through the experiences of the three volunteers — and the hundreds of voters they try to assist — the human dimension of democracy comes into focus, with the film uncovering stories about the strength and fragility of American democracy that are too rarely heard. Avoiding simplistic dualities — left vs. right, North vs. South, black vs. white — “Capturing the Flag” instead offers deeply personal, often surprising perspectives on the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath.
Film CategoryHuman Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience Women in Film Spotlight
SubjectHuman Rights Immigration Legal Issues Politics
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Let My People Vote
A civil-rights activist and former felon who cannot vote goes door to door to register people and fights Jim Crow-era laws barring felons from voting.