Actor Zach Galifianakis, a North Carolina native, stars in a documentary that discusses how his home state went from being “a beacon of light and generosity in a sea of red state reactionary politics” to what the film’s website refers to as “one of the most regressive and intentionally belligerent states in the union.”
The documentary, “Democracy For Sale,” will be screened across North Carolina in January and February. More screenings are still being scheduled. The Raleigh screening is 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Community UCC.
Galifianakis, who was born in Wilkesboro and attended N.C. State University, gained international fame for his part in the “Hangover” trilogy of films. He owns a farm in northeastern Alleghany County and splits his time between the farm and his work.
The documentary tells the story of North Carolina’s transformed politics, including new and growing political spending, or as the film’s website says, “how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy.”
Galifianakis investigates allegations that the North Carolina government was “put in power by moneyed interests and has thus carried out a program that only benefits its backers: cuts to education, health care spending and environmental protection; lowering of taxes for the wealthy and corporations; and the passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot.”
“Democracy For Sale” is part of the “America Divided” docu-series produced by Common, Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes. The five-part series features narratives of inequality in education, housing, health care, labor, criminal justice and the political system.
Galifianakis is joined by other stars, including Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Williams, who serve as correspondents in other documentaries in the series.
Working Films, the company heading up the series, is working with Appalachian Voices, Democracy NC, the N.C. NAACP and other North Carolina organizations to set up the screenings.
People can request free screenings of the series online.
Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett
Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. – Cullowhee
A K Hinds University Center – WCU
Room 210, Memorial Drive
Cullowhee, N.C. 28723
Hosted by: Student Democracy Coalition.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. – Walnut Cove
915 Windmill St.
Walnut Cove, N.C. 27052
Hosted by: Appalachian Voices.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. – Asheville
The Grail Moviehouse
45 S. French Broad Ave.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. – Bakersville
The Old Courthouse
11 N. Mitchell Ave.
Bakersville, N.C. 28705
Hosted by: Yancey Mitchell NAACP.
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. – Shelby
213 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, N.C. 28150
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. – Fayetteville
Cameo Art House Theatre
225 Hay St.
Fayetteville, N.C. 28301
Hosted by: The Fayetteville Branch NAACP.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. – Wilmington
The Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, N.C. 28412
Hosted by: New Hanover County NAACP.
Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. – Chapel Hill
Church of Reconciliation
110 N. Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
Hosted by: Southern Environmental Law Center, Church of Reconciliation Justice and Peace Committee and Raging Grannies.
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. – Durham
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, N.C. 27707
Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. – Boone
Price Lake Room at ASU
287 Rivers St.
Boone, N.C. 28608
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. – Raleigh
814 Dixie Trail
Raleigh, N.C. 27607
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. – Goldsboro
St. Mark Church of Christ
700 W. Ash St.
Goldsboro, N.C. 27530
Hosted by: Down East Coal Ash Coalition and Wayne County NAACP.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. – New Bern
UU Fellowship of New Bern
308 Meadows St.
New Bern, N.C. 28560
Hosted by: Democracy New Bern.
Additional screenings are being scheduled in Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Pembroke, and Winston Salem.