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"...a provocative look at black disenfranchisement in the 2004 elections" David Halbinger of the New York Times
"...a muckracking indictment of ... the systematic disenfranchisement of African American voters..."
Kenneth Turan, LA TIMES
- Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
September 20, 2006
Village Voice: Tracking Shots: American Blackout
"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."
September 14, 2006
Miami Herald: Film targets black voters
"From San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to Boston, American Blackout -- a documentary alleging disfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections -- has triggered strong reactions from viewers nationwide."
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September 7, 2006
LA Weekly: NOW PLAYING: American Blackout
"Kicking off with the detailed argument that black voters in Florida were systematically disenfranchised in the 2000 presidential election, the film then pulls double duty: It's a fine-tooth examination of both the continued, unconstitutional marginalization of black voters in America and the attempts by various political and media machines to crush McKinney in retaliation for her outspokenness on that subject and on the illegality of the war in Iraq."
September 7, 2006
LA City Beat: NOW PLAYING: American Blackout
"Ian Inaba's documentary looks at two intertwined subjects: the disenfranchisement of black voters, and the demonizing of Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who has persistently raised the issue, which is denied by Republicans and mostly ignored by Democrats."
August 6, 2006
New York Times: Facing Voters, Georgia Congressman Gets an Assist From Documentary
"After winning prized on the festival circuit, including a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the movie, directed by Ian Inaba, was headed for commercial release on cable television until Ms. McKinney's scuffle with a Capitol police officer last March."
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July 7, 2006
Politicalaffairs.net: Documentary Film - American Blackout: Voting Rights in Danger
""A timely new film documentary, "American Blackout," examines the role of race in the legal decisions that resulted in George W. Bush winning the presidential election and explores how African American voters have been disenfranchised in the nation's electoral process.""
January 27, 2006
Hollywood Reporter: American Blackout
"Engrossing, fast-paced, stylish - a powerful examination of voting rights in America."