Special Screening: Capturing the Flag

Anne de Mare, Laverne Berry, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
2018 | 76 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
NY Premiere | Filmmakers in Attendance | Protagonists in Attendance

When the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2013, places like Cumberland County, North Carolina, became infamous for voter suppression. In the run up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, four friends traveled there to volunteer, hoping the principle of one person, one vote would unite Americans across the political spectrum. On Election Day, they stationed themselves at the polls, answering questions and working to ensure every vote counts.

Co-presented by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, Department of AnthropologyRooftop Films, and New York Women in Film & Television


Resilience in Motion | In Their Own Words

“Capturing The Flag is a documentary about modern voter suppression and the 2016 Presidential election, but the heart of this film lies in the personal dedication and determination of Laverne, Steve, Claire, and Trista to help their fellow citizens vote. Their continued work fighting for democracy—at the polls, in their community, and now throughout the country—and the resilience they embody parallels our hope for the resilience of democracy itself.  At a time when many Americans are in crisis about their place in the larger society, these activists’ actions challenge the dangerous lie that a country is strong only when it has strong leadership.  Democracies are strongest when they have strong citizenship - resilient enough to ride the waves of changing administrations and not only hold leadership accountable, but also hold together in the determination that all citizens need to have a say in how they are governed.”

– Anne de Mare | Filmmaker, Capturing the Flag