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Rated R · 90 minutes · 2018

Documentary
In this documentary, producer and filmmaker James D. Stern travels to red states in the months ahead of the 2016 presidential election to meet with supporters of candidate Donald Trump. Stern talks to former coal miners in West Virginia, ranchers on the Arizona-Mexico border, and Cuban Americans in Florida, learning that all of these people have specific and deeply personal reasons to vote for an apolitical and amoral billionaire. Stern, a Democrat, is visibly distressed throughout, but his goal with the film is not to argue or to condescend but to listen. Stern strives to understand those with whom he disagrees while also including authorities on climate change and social psychology to rebut the potential Trump voters’ most egregious fallacies. It’s a powerful approach.
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/americanchaos
Director: James Stern
Producer: James Stern, Fernando Villena, Christopher Chen, Karen Bove and Eleanor Nett

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