At the Movies
The attempt to deny voting rights to minority voters in Florida in 2000 was bad enough, but when the Republican Secretary of State in Ohio — a close buddy of Bush — went ahead and tried it again on a broader and more galling scale in 2004, it makes you truly wonder about the frailty of our democracy. The ground-scorching documentary American Blackout, which spends too little time addressing this subject, does what it can to raise consciousness on the issue, even if it does follow its hero, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, around too much like a political groupie. It’s radical verve and barnstorming gusto helps the film blow right past any such problems like that with minimal fuss, however. The film is in limited theatrical release and is also available on DVD — handy, no?
My review ran in Film Journal International. Link.