Coming to theatres tonight, Wednesday, November 1 and to VOD this Friday, November 3:
Duane Andersen, Don Argott, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Petra Epperlein, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Jamie Gonçalves, Andrew Beck Grace, Alma Har’el, Sheena M. Joyce, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq, and Michael Tucker
Election Day 2016, around the country.
A spiritual sequel to Deutchman’s 11/4/08, chronicling the historic election day which saw America elect its first African-American president, this new film similarly offers a mosaic of experiences of our most recent presidential election. Eighteen directors followed 16 subjects from morning through late night on that notorious date, with political opinions varying between staunch Clinton and Trump supporters, conflicted voters, apathetic abstainers, journalists covering the results, and even an Evan McMullin acolyte. As with any survey project, there’s the danger of presenting an individual as representative of a type – the rural coal miner, or the privileged university student – and the sheer number of subjects makes it hard to individuate them to any great extent. Still, taken as a whole, the doc does serve to humanize, no matter one’s political affiliations – though it remains a difficult watch for those who are in no hurry to revisit the outcome of that infamous night.