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All In: The Fight for Democracy

As someone points out in this timely documentary, if voting were inconsequential, then some people wouldn’t be trying so hard to prevent others from doing it. All In: The Fight for Democracy is directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, and produced in part by Stacey Abrams, who appears as a subject. Impressively researched and concisely reported, the film details the long history of voter suppression in the United States, using as its springboard Abrams’s own experience running for governor of Georgia in 2018. It’s thorough in its presentation of the multiple forms of voter suppression, from tactics such as poll taxes, literacy tests, and voter ID laws, to gerrymandering and the recent Shelby County v. Holder ruling and its effect on the Voting Rights Act. More compellingly, the film details incidents of outright violence against minorities seeking to exercise their constitutional right. Interwoven throughout is a sort of film within a film about Abrams that positions her as a politician for the new era, one with a specific passion for electoral reform. Political documentaries are a dime a dozen, yet I was moved by how stridently this one’s subjects are fighting for people’s right to vote. I guess it’s a good thing this is an Amazon Studios release; one of the interviewees, historian and educator Carol Anderson, speaks so convincingly that I immediately wanted to buy her book on the matter. (Jokes aside, buy local.) Ultimately, the film’s message is to go all in and vote, vote, vote—only once, of course, though it also does a good job debunking the conservative myth of pervasive voter fraud.

Amazon Prime and Landmark Century Centre Cinema

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