The moment after John McCain announced his running candidate for the 2008 presidential elections, an Alaskan friend turned to me and said, “This is going to be very interesting.”
Sarah Palin may not have had much name recognition in the lower 48 states at the time, but my friend was right: things got very interesting once she started — and has not stopped — making her name known.
In the three years since, Palin has become ubiquitous in the news, with television shows, bus tours and autobiographies. Even so, conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon thought her story was “actually largely untold,” the movie’s Web site says. So, he’s taken on the task of telling his version of her life in the new documentary “The Undefeated.”
The film adopts one of Palin’s favorite points of view: that throughout her political career she has been the victim of vicious attacks from political enemies and the media. Among other melodramatic imagery, the movie shows frothing attack dogs and a lion killing a beautiful zebra to symbolize the way Palin has been treated at the hands of the press. (Such scenes, and another showing a T-shirt that uses an obscenity to describe the former governor, are among the reasons “The Undefeated” is unrated.)
The movie premiered in Iowa last week and will be screened in theaters around the country on July 15 in Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Kansas City. Watch the trailer here: