Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election Reviews
Brave New Films cinematographer Richard Ray Perez and fellow film maker Joan Sekler teamed up with Oscar-nominated veteran editor William Haugse (‚??Hoop Dreams‚??) for this fascinating little muck-racking expose which picked up numerous awards on the festival circuit and was the first of the ‚??Un-trilogy‚?? from Exec. Producer Robert Greenwald.
The first part exposes the underhand tactics used by Secretary of State of Florida Katherine Harris to remove mainly Black voters from the electoral roll, the second part chronicles the turbulent recount process eventually blocked by a US Supreme Court ruling and a 2004 epilogue reveals the dangers of computer balloting.
Danny Glover provides a curiously stilted 2004 framing for the film, sparsely narrated by Peter Coyote, which is driven by revealing interviews with journalists, such as the great Greg Palast and Jake Tapper, as well as those, such as election supervisors Pam Iorio and Ion Sancho, who were actually caught up in the fraud.
The debut filmmakers wisely chose to eschew editorialising themselves and rely instead on the interviewees to drive and shape the story which as well as racking Katherine Harris over the coals ensures that the politically motivated ruling of the Supreme Court and the anti-democratic decisions of Al Gore do not go un-scrutinized in a solid piece of agit-prop.
‚??The identity of the loser is perfectly clear.‚??