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American Blackout (2006)

A look at the career of U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney from Georgia and the historical suppression of black voters in the United States.

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Ian Inaba

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Credited cast:
Taalam Acey Taalam Acey ... Spoken Word Poet
John Conyers John Conyers ... Himself
Bob Fitrakis Bob Fitrakis ... Himself
Robert Fitrakis Robert Fitrakis ... Himself
Al Gore ... Himself
John Lewis ... Himself
Cynthia McKinney Cynthia McKinney ... Herself
Greg Palast Greg Palast ... Himself
Bernie Sanders ... Himself
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Stephanie Tubbs Jones ... Herself
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Chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. Others call her a conspiracy theorist and a 'looney.' American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent. The film features interviews with: US Congressional Representatives, John Lewis, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, Bernie Sanders, and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones; former US Civil Rights Commissioner & Dean of UC Berkeley's School of Law, Christopher Edley; BBC journalist ... Written by Ian Inaba

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USA

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English

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25 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Guerrilla News Network See more »
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An eye-opener that everyone should see
3 November 2006 | by tomq5pSee all my reviews

Democracy is heralded as the core of America's greatness. We claim to respect and revere it so much that we try to export it to other countries, albeit with disastrous results.

Strangely, while Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others continue acting as cheerleaders for democracy abroad, the majority of Americans do not even realize that the "democratic" 2000 and 2004 elections in the United States were stolen through diabolically clever schemes worthy of a fictional feature film; the only thing is, this actually happened.

Through various tricks and illegal maneuvering, Black, Latino and working class voters were disenfranchised in enormous numbers, which ended up giving Bush the slight advantage he needed in both races to come away victorious. The movie doesn't end there, it tells the story of the attacks on Cynthia McKinney due to her outspoken criticism of the policies of the Bush administration and the questions she asked after September 11th. Everyone needs to hear this story. America's democracy is in a sad state of affairs my friends.

This documentary lays it all out there. It should be requiring viewing in all schools. It will infuriate you and hopefully make you want to take some action to change things.

10 out of 10


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