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American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. Others call her a conspiracy theorist and a "looney." American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.
- Capitol Hill Police Officers Speak Out on McKinney Incident
- 19 Minute Activist's Tool
- American Blackout: Ohio 2004
- Deleted scenes with discussions
- "True Lies" animated short featuring Taalam Acey
Top Customer Reviews
This film explores the life and career of the Congresswoman as well as the voter suppression in 2000 and 2004. Congressman John Lewis is interviewed, and explains the struggles he went through as an activist to get voting rights for "colored" people -- only to have them being systematically stolen again through computerized voting machines and, as the BBC's Greg Palast calls it, "election apartheid."
What kind of liberal democracy are we living in when thousands are turned away from the polls because their district's voting records are controlled by rich people far away? What kind of nation are we living in when simply questioning the President's motives get you casted as a lunatic "conspiracy theorist" (to be vindicated years later when leaked documents show you were right)?
We need to make this a country "of the people, by the people, and for the people." McKinney will continue that fight, even as a non-legislator (although as the movie shows, she is well-capable of winning back her seat once a dirty campaign and Republican votes unseat her once).
Watch the film, educate yourself, and join the fight. We need to save any ounce of American democracy left.
She questioned the Bush Regime's involvement in events that led to 9/11. A recent Zogby poll has over 40% of New Yorkers asking her same questions. Still no answear! The Republicans spent One Million Dollars investigating a blue dress & $3,000 on 9/11! They don't want the truth found! The family members of 9/11 who tragically lost their loved ones WANT AN INVESTIGATION! WANT THE TRUTH!
Kathryn Harris and Blackwell fixed the elections and were REWARDED by the GOP!
Gore won in 2000. A USA GOVERNMENT COUP took place in Florida with the suppression of the black vote. It happenned again in 2004 with Ohio.
Good books on this are Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse & Mark Crispin's Fooled Again.
The Extras in this DVD are good including: Capitol Hill Police Officiers Speak Out On McKinney Incident.
Highly recommended. I especially liked the clips of a grotesquely coiffered Tucker Carlsen repleat with bow-tie (soooo tacky...) pontificating about the 'outrageous' Cynner. I often wonder if he ever had to take one for the team....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow. This is the one dvd that should be in ones collection. This dvd will connect all those dots you have wanted to connect.Published 5 months ago by Craiggss
Cynthia McKinney is that special and rare politician who is not afraid to stand up against the status quo, she spoke out against the hijacking of the 2000 presidential election by... Read morePublished 18 months ago by AlanWarner
This documentary shows the tribulations that congresswoman Cynthia McKinney went through.Published 22 months ago by T. Bing
The first review says it all. Unbelievable film from a powerful woman. Powerful, moving and one of the most important films you will ever see.Published on November 29, 2012 by ZuLu
Want to know why elections never change anything? Watch this & weep. Cynthia McKinney is da bomb. We need more like her in office.Published on October 13, 2010 by SCMLA
The beginning of the documentary seemed to focus too much on Congresswoman McKinnie; as though she was the face of voter disenfranchisement in the U.S. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by T@nk
THIS LADY IS A TRUE AMERICAN LEADER , SHE FIGHTS FOR THE DISENFRANCHAISED , FIGHTS AGAINST THE CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON , WE AS AMERICANS HAVE BLINDERS ON , WE ONLY CARE ABOUT... Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by A. HUBBARD
This video does what the major media refused to do. If more voters had been exposed to this documentary featuring Cynthia McKinney the Green Party would have definitely received... Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by B. L. Miller