The screening will take place at the Hayti Heritage Center at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a panel of representatives from organizations including the NAACP and Democracy N.C.
The film is part of a documentary series called “America Divided,” which examines the types of inequality present in different states in the country. “Democracy for Sale” focuses specifically on the deepening political divide in North Carolina and depicts the effects of money and gerrymandering on the state government.
“It’s really important to highlight for people the types of specific issues that we have with our political process that prevent people from having confidence in their government and political system,” said Jennifer Frye, panelist and associate director of Democracy N.C.
She said gerrymandering has a significant impact on which candidates voters can elect.
“Dividing up the lines in ways that advantage or disadvantage one political party over the other loses the voice of voters and the impact that voters actually have,” Frye said.
The influence of money on politics is also highlighted in the film — Galifianakis investigates allegations that the state government is guided by monetary interests.
“The problem is not so much that individuals are corrupt — it’s that we have a systemic corruption of the political system,” said Michael Curtis, professor in the School of Law at Wake Forest University.
He said the issues of racial gerrymandering and monetary influence in politics are not getting attention.