American Blackout
American Blackout (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The phrase 'Apartheid elections' is used more than once, and it certainly strikes a chord

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

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.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

The film is by far the most hypocritical thing I have seen in ages.

Melissa Levine
Village Voice

McKinney's basic truths remain convincing.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

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.

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