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Screening for documentary about NC’s ‘regressive’ politics to be in Zach Galifianakis’ hometown

Zach Galifianakis makes a documentary about how bad gerrymandering has gotten

VIDEO: A clip from Zach Galifianakis’ North Carolina documentary ‘Democracy For Sale,' which will be screened across NC in January and February.
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VIDEO: A clip from Zach Galifianakis’ North Carolina documentary ‘Democracy For Sale,' which will be screened across NC in January and February.

Actor Zach Galifianakis, a North Carolina native, stars in a documentary critical of his home state’s politics. A screening of the film will be held in his hometown on Wednesday and Galifianakis will be there to answer audience questions.

The “Democracy for Sale” documentary discusses how North Carolina went from “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.”

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 screening will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Stone Center, 613 Cherry St., North Wilkesboro. Admission is free but signup was required (update: the show is sold out).

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.”

In the documentary, 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.

“Democracy for Sale” is a segment of the new EPIX original docs-series America Divided, created by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley and executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common.

Free screenings of the series can be requested online at americadividedseries.com/how-to-watch/#request-screening.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett

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