“Capturing the Flag” is a new documentary about voter suppression and the power of citizen action. It tells the story of a tight-knit group of friends who travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - the 2016 “poster child” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including UMass faculty (Nancy Folbre, Economics/PERI; Toussaint Losier, Afro-American Studies; Jennifer Nye, History) and student leaders on campus active in voter registration efforts (Nathalie Amazan, Sonia Guglani, Timmy Sullivan).
This event at UMass is part of a nationwide non-partisan campus tour leading up to the November elections that combines screenings of the film with GOTV efforts. Attendees can register to vote on-site and will receive call-to-action materials with information about how to get involved in protecting the democratic process.
This event is co-sponsored by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and the Student Government Association (SGA) at UMass Amherst.