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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"American Blackout makes a credible case, with some of its most damning evidence coming from the mouths of the conservatives themselves."
‑ Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle
"The phrase 'Apartheid elections' is used more than once, and it certainly strikes a chord"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"American Blackout exposes a few issues we have already known about for years (the voting situation) before finally turning towards greater things by focusing itself on a truly remarkable individual."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"The film is by far the most hypocritical thing I have seen in ages."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"McKinney's basic truths remain convincing."
‑ Melissa Levine, Village Voice
"A powerful piece of political cinema that effectively documents the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A raised-fist documentary on black voter disenfranchisement which loses some, but definitely not all, its punch by morphing into a paid ad for Cynthia McKinney."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
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