American Blackout (2006)

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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.

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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.

Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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.

Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

McKinney's basic truths remain convincing.

Sep 19, 2006 | Full Review…

American Blackout makes a credible case, with some of its most damning evidence coming from the mouths of the conservatives themselves.

Sep 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 7, 2006

A powerful piece of political cinema that effectively documents the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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