Coming to virtual cinemas today, Friday, August 14:
Freep, Woods Hole, Maine
Three female political candidates are followed in local elections in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.
Filmmaker Hillary Bachelder’s timely film follows three appealing protagonists – Myya, an ambitious African-American college graduate who sets her sights high, running for mayor of Detroit as a write-in candidate, hoping to defeat the white male incumbent; Bryn, a white farmer, wife, and mother of two young daughters, who runs for a trustee position in smalltown Granville OH, where mostly older men have traditionally held power; and Julie, a Korean immigrant, who runs as a Republican candidate for state representative in Evanston IL, just outside of Chicago. As they go up against entrenched local politics in an effort to effect real change, they face ageist and sexist condescension, as well as subtle (and not so subtle) racism as the countdown to elections loom.