All In: The Fight for Democracy–Urging Viewers to Fight Suppression and Register to Vote!

All In: The Fight for Democracy

Stacey Abrams in 'All In
Amazon Studios: Stacey Abrams in ‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’
Politician Stacey Abrams of Georgia serves as both interviewee and producer in Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes’ documentary about the struggle to maintain voting rights in the U.S.

To say that the non-fiction feature is timely and relevant is an understatement, given the upcoming presidential elections on November 3, the most crucial election in history, and the debate over the issue of voting suppression by the current administration.

All In opens September 9 in select cinemas nationwide, and then streams a week later on September 18 on Amazon Prime.

That gives viewers plenty of time to absorb All In’s rich info dump and re-disseminate the content, ensuring that as many American citizens as possible heed its summons to exercise their democratic right to vote.

As the docu emphasizes time and again, it’s a case of use it or lose it.  The bigger question is whether or not viewers will see this feature, and if they do, whether they’ll be persuaded to register and vote.

But even in the last few weeks, voting scandals have bubbled up like swamp gas that would have further expanded the film’s main thesis, particularly the apparently

What will be the impact of the deliberate sabotaging of the USPS in order to suppress votes for Democrats in key battle states.

Nevertheless, All In offers compelling visual history and civics lessons that will still serve an educational purpose long after the next presidential inauguration. Deploying a deftly assembled

The contents blends archival footage with new interviews with such experts as Carol Anderson (author of White Rage), and some animation from Michal Czubak and the Czwarta Rano Studios.

The feature chronicles voting issues during the Civil War and then the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, the Reconstruction, women’s suffrage, and Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and up to the present day.

Garbus and Cortes know that for most viewers, especially younger ones, it’s nnot the stats or dry facts but the human interest stories that will serve as effective tools.

We learn of WWII vet Maceo Snipes, the only black to vote in Taylor County, Georgia in 1946, who was murdered days later, and a jury that let the killer walk free.

Georgia, with its history of voter suppression, features prominently in the docu, from Snipes’ story right up to the last gubernatorial election, in 2018, where Abrams, an advocate for voting rights, was defeated by Brian Kemp, the secretary of state. There is evidence that cast doubt on the final result, which ultimately boiled down to 17,000 votes.

Shrewdly the film goes beyond Abrams to include civil-rights advocate Andrew Young, former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, as well as justice warriors such as Desmond Meade, who campaigns for Florida’s enfranchisement of citizens after serving prison sentences.

Relying on their strong material, Garbus and Cortes takes a rather simple, straightforward approach, seldom resorting to the more common and manipulative method of recruiting celebs and using alluring images.

Credits:

Amazon Original With: Stacey Abrams, Carolyn Abrams, Robert L. Abrams, Carol Anderson, Ari Berman, David Pepper, Sean J. Young, Lauren Groh-Wargo, O.J. & Barbara Semans, Kristen Clarke, Michael Waldman, Desmond Meade, Eric Holder, Marcia L. Fudge, Alejandra Gomez, Eric Foner, Debo Adegbile, Jayla Allen, Michael Parsons, Luci Baines Johnson, Frances Fox Piven, Andrew Young, Hans von Spakovsky
Production: Amazon Studios presentation of a Story Syndicate production
Directors: Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortes
Screenwriters: Jack Youngelson
Producers: Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortes, Stacey Abrams, Dan Cogan
Executive producers: Jon Bardin, Julie Gaither
Director of photography: Wolfgang Held
Editor/co-producer: Nancy Novack
Music: Gil Talmi, Meshell Ndegeocello
Music supervisor: Andrew Gross

Running time: 102 minutes