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  • Summary: Whatever you think you know about our election systems or Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this film will make you question further why the news media fails to accurately inform the public. American Blackout critically examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence voices of political dissent. (Guerilla News Network) Expand
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  1. The film is ultimately as much an indictment of liberal apathy as of conservative dirty dealing, and a canonization of McKinney for her continued refusal to follow any party's party line.
  2. Though occasionally inflammatory -- one interviewee talks about being "slingshotted into slavery" -- American Blackout isn’t a conspiracy rant. It's a methodical compilation of questions and irregularities that deserves a wider audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    This passionate polemic follows Democratic representative Cynthia McKinney, of Georgia, as she campaigns to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Seeing stories about politicians like this that are so strongly passionate and enduring uplifts our feelings of dread towards politics. If only more politicians followed her example, perhaps we wouldn’t be in the current state we are in today.
  5. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    An engrossing, low-budget documentary, is a powerful examination of voting rights in America.
  6. The movie includes a postscript about her (McKinney's) loss, blaming it on more dirty tricks. That may be true, but it doesn't put the steam back in the film.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    If all that Ian Inaba's latest Guerilla News Network missive, American Blackout, wants to do is get left Democrats worked up into a lather of righteous anger at crafty Republicans, it does so at the expense of speaking to any other group of Americans. As such, docu is extremely limited and almost without purpose except as an organizing tool for party foot soldiers.

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