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February 26, 2020

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Documentary film 'Dark Money' to be shown in Minocqua
Monthly film series 'Democracy in Crisis' to begin Feb. 17

The Northwoods chapter of Our Wisconsin Revolution will present the documentary film "Dark Money" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Minocqua Public Library.

It is the first offering in a film series "Democracy in Crisis" that will take place on the third Monday of each month at the Minocqua Public Library, organizers said in a press release.

"Dark Money" (2018) is a political thriller examining one of the greatest threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials, the release states.

The film takes viewers to Montana - a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide - to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, "Dark Money" uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.

"Dark Money" has gained widespread acclaim. It won the Producing Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2018. The American Bar Association awarded it a Silver Gavel Award for the Media and Arts, while Vogue magazine listed it as one of the 66 best documentary films of all time.

"Democracy in the U.S. is under attack. Partisan gerrymandering, vote suppression, and the toxic influence of money in politics keeps us from being a real democracy," said David Barnhill, chair of the Our Wisconsin of the Northwoods."Throughout 2020 we will be showing films that document how eroded our democracy is and what the people can do about it. Because of the way political campaigns are controlled by corporations and billionaires, it makes sense to begin the series with a film about money in politics."

Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, state-wide organization that works to build a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It promotes progressive policies and candidates that support grassroots democracy, social justice, and environmental stewardship, the releases states.

This event is free and open to the public.

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