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11/8/16 (2017)

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On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump's unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. With 11/8/16, producer/creator Jeff Deutchman's second installment in his election film series, viewers are afforded a uniquely cinematic look at the chaotic glory of American democracy from sea to shining sea. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of some of America's finest documentary filmmakers, 11/8/16 follows sixteen subjects spanning the country's geographic, socioeconomic and political divides through the course of that history-altering day. 11/8/16 was an election unlike any other. 11/8/16 brings us back to that day with the immediacy of great nonfiction filmmaking, and shows the vibrant directness how life happens as history is being made.

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It's a tightly woven series of closeups of a diverse, divided populace.

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…
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Too much of "11/8/16" feels superficial and unmemorable, despite the range of talents of the filmmakers and the interviewee demographics.

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The film remains engaging for its stories, and is likely to be more instructive in the future, when passions have cooled. Judging by most people here, that won't be soon.

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…

A slow-burning psychological horror story, a portrait of a country in the moment its people all finally understood just what they were capable of.

October 31, 2017 | Full Review…

If nothing else, 11/8/16 showcases the sad fact that there is no such thing as "too soon" any longer, because it captures not just a moment, but uniquely, a single event that changed the past, present and future all at the same time.

October 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Hardly earth-shattering, but illuminating nonetheless.

October 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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A thought-provoking look at the anticipation for the 2016 Presidential Election, 11/8/16 is a pretty solid documentary. While it was clearly meant to celebrate a Hilary victory, given that most of the people that are followed are Hilary supporters (a group of illegal immigrates, a former convict, a union leader, a feminist college student, a black activist, etc.), the filmmakers end up recrafting the film into something quite interesting. The interviews have a nice candid, raw feel; depicting the types of conversations that people were having on the eve of the election. It also does a good job capturing the winds of change as election results came in; with Trump supporters starting to believe in the impossible and Hilary supports being shocked. Additionally, the film refrains from making any political commentary on the election of Trump, but instead lets the people it follows voice the mixed emotions of shock, disappointment, hope, and apathy that were felt by the electorate. Rather than attempt to explain or find meaning in the election, 11/8/16 tries to capture the mood of the voters; the complacency of Hilary supporters, and the pessimism of Trump supporters.

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