Sarah Palin frequently lambasts what she refers to as the "lamestream media" for taking a bully-ish stance on her politics, family, and quixotic quest for the presidency. Now comes a documentary that's not afraid to see her as she really is: a genuinely sweet, kind, personable woman who just wants what's best for this country.
The documentary in question is called "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" and is actually a piece of agitprop designed to paint the former Governer of Alaska and Tea Party maven as some kind of Wicked Witch of the Sourdough State.
It's directed by Nick Broomfield ("Kurt and Courtney"), the Brit who originated the gonzo style of appearing on camera and showing the mishaps in making his films, often carrying the sound mic himself. This technique was later popularized by Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, often referred to as Les Nouvelles Egotistes, which is a fancy term for "the director is IN YOUR FACE!"
Although "You Betcha!" may make Palin supporters squirm and yell "that's not nice!" in the theater, its journey to the screen has been an interesting one, no matter what your politics are.
Broomfield caused a ruckus when he was kicked out of a Palin event for asking an unscripted question, and more recently raised $30,000 dollars for distribution and advertising via the online fundraising platform Kickstarter. The film just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Broomfield and co-director Joan Churchill received a fair amount of both praise and criticism for the doc.
You can make up your own mind about the 1984 Miss Wasilla beauty pageant-winner with the trailer below.