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American Blackout (2006)

American Blackout



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The ways in which African-American voters have been marginalized in the electoral process are examined in this activist documentary. In the investigation of ballot counting in Florida in the much-contested 2000 presidential election, it was discovered that many of the communities where inaccurate tabulating took place were largely populate by African-Americans, who have traditionally been loyal Democratic voters. Filmmaker Ian Inaba digs into the controversy over the 2000 ballot count and the ways in which race played a hand in the legal decisions that resulted in George W. Bush's appointment as president. Ianba's research also leads him to Representative Cynthia McKinney, a congresswoman from Georgia who spearheaded an investigation of the firm that created voter lists for the State of Florida (and had ties to high-ranking Republican figures) and was also an outspoken opponent of Bush's policies regarding terrorism and the war in Iraq. In the 2002 election, McKinney had reason to believe she had fallen victim to the same corruption she sought to expose when she lost her House of Representatives seat in a hotly contested election. American Blackout received its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Ian Inaba assembles compelling evidence to support his claim that African-Americans -- who are traditionally more likely to vote Democratic -- are being deliberately and systematically excluded from the political process.

September 22, 2006
New York Times
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The movie includes a postscript about [McKinney's] loss, blaming it on more dirty tricks. That may be true, but it doesn't put the steam back in the film.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
New York Daily News
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McKinney's basic truths remain convincing.

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
Village Voice
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American Blackout makes a credible case, with some of its most damning evidence coming from the mouths of the conservatives themselves.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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An illuminating, infuriating document that paints McKinney as a true American heroine and patriot and confirms your worst fears about just how rotten our 'democratic' process is at its core.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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A powerful piece of political cinema that effectively documents the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

Full Review… | August 4, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The process by which we elect officials in the USA needs to be completely overhauled. It is criminal what happened to Miss McKinney

Michael W

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