Documentary series focuses on race, elections

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White River Indie Films presents Race & US Elections, four current documentary films and two live remote panels sharing stories of citizens fighting for fairness and inclusivity in American democracy. Films stream Sept. 8-Oct. 6 free to the public for home viewing with registration at wrif.org.

Free live-streamed panels Tuesdays Sept. 22 and Oct. 6 offer opportunities for audiences to interact with filmmakers, elected officials, candidates, activists, scholars and journalists. The panels, moderated by Dartmouth College professors Matthew Delmont and Michael Herron, will focus on issues raised by the films and paths to action.

Changing the Faces of Democracy: Expanding Representation

Available September 8-22 for free on-demand viewing, two films feature candidates whose victories expanded representation but whose journeys serve as stark reminders of the obstacles and perils for candidates of color, women, and religious minorities: "John Lewis: Good Trouble" (2020, director Dawn Porter) and "Time for Ilhan" (2018, director Norah Shapiro).

On Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., a live remote panel moderated by Delmont, will join Peter Welch, US representative from Vermont; Kesha Ram, candidate for Vermont Senate; Kiah Morris, former state representative and movement politics director for Rights and Democracy VT; and Quinton Law, constituent advocate for Sen. Cory Booker and former field organizer for the Booker for President campaign.

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Protecting the Vote: Race & Voter Suppression

Available Sept. 22-Oct. 6 for free on-demand viewing, the films "Slay the Dragon" (2019, directors Christopher Durrance and Barak Goodman) and "Capturing the Flag" (2018, director Anne de Mare) address legal strategies and political tactics that have effectively disenfranchised millions of voters since the 2010 census and 2013 Supreme Court decision dealing a blow to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m., the second live remote panel moderated by Herron, a professor of government, will join "Capture the Flag" filmmaking team Laverne Berry (producer, attorney, and featured subject) and Anne De Mare (director); David Daley, author of "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and senior fellow at Fair Vote; Othniel Harris, regional voter protection director for the North Carolina Democratic Party; and Rebecca Green, professor at William and Mary Law School and co-founder of Revive My Vote (VA) fighting to restore felon voting rights.

The series is sponsored by the NH Charitable Foundation, the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, with media sponsorship from VPR and community partnerships with Rights & Democracy VT and Vermont International Film Festival.

Participation in all events is free. More information and registration can be found at wrif.org.


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