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  • Summary: Jeff Reichert's wake-up-call political documentary that exposes the hidden history of our country's redistricting wars, mapping battles that take place out of public scrutiny but that shape the electoral landscape of American politics for decades at time, posing a threat not just toJeff Reichert's wake-up-call political documentary that exposes the hidden history of our country's redistricting wars, mapping battles that take place out of public scrutiny but that shape the electoral landscape of American politics for decades at time, posing a threat not just to democrats, republicans, but democracy as a whole. (Green Film Company) Collapse
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  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as the rare politician who supports reform in this timely exposé of how our democracy has slipped off its tracks.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 21, 2010
    75
    While the film adopts a sometimes jaunty tone, the fact is that gerrymandering is bad news, assuming you believe that elections should mean something.
  3. An illustrated civics lesson that strains to make its complicated, shadowy subject - electoral redistricting - a political hot topic.
  4. Despite much archival and news footage, along with ample face time from that initiative's most ebullient supporter, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the contest lacks the kind of inherent drama and tension that could have helped quicken the movie's measured pulse.
  5. There is so much wrong with the political system at this point that gerrymandering, in which politicians shamelessly redraw electoral boundaries to rig the outcome of elections, seems almost quaint.
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    At the start of Gerrymandering, Reichert quotes Thomas Pynchon, writing, "Nothing will produce bad history more directly nor brutally than drawing a line." The same could be said of documentaries.
  7. Good policy does not ensure good drama; Gerrymandering summarizes an urgent issue but forgets to detail the true fallout.

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