Sarah Palin is a galvanizing political force in America's deepening cultural rift. While her missteps are lambasted by critics and satirists, her base of support only grows.
After her defeat as a Vice Presidential candidate and her resignation as Alaska's governor, she retains a red-hot following stoked by her bestselling book Going Rogue: An American Life and the TV series Sarah Palin's Alaska. She assiduously avoids taking questions from reporters, preferring to communicate with her fans via Facebook and Twitter.
Filmmaker Nick Broomfield and collaborator Joan Churchill behind the camera travel to Alaska to interview Palin's parents, neighbors and former colleagues. They trace her values to her upbringing in the Pentecostal faith. One memorable archival clip shows a church ceremony in which she is being exorcised of witches. An Alaskan pastor characterizes her faith as "apocalyptic Christian" and elaborates, "She has no hesitancy to use violence against evil...Until you understand that, I don't think you understand Sarah Palin."
Can she rise to a higher office? Several former allies describe Palin throwing them "under the bus" when they got in the way of her ambition. John McCain's senior strategist tells Broomfield that she's "deeply dishonest," describing her aspiration to be President as "spine-chilling." Is Palin's political future worthy of your concern? You betcha.