Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
Directed by native Floridians Bruce Yarock and Jeannine Ross, this documentary chronicles a controversial yet largely unreported sequence of events leading up to the night of the 2000 Presidential election. Featuring BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast, the film delves deep into the bogus felon's list prepared by the State of Florida, which, though designed to weed out felons from the voter rolls, ultimately disenfranchised thousands of likely Democratic voters who had either had their voting rights restored or had never been convicted of a crime in the first place. Aided by former L.A. prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, Florida Fights Back also examines the possible illegality of the Supreme Court's decision to stop the legal recounting of votes in the state of Florida. A variety of protest footage is interspersed throughout the film; though they received little attention from Republicans, Democrats, or the American media, large protests regarding the Florida debacle were held throughout Florida, in Washington, D.C., and outside the 2001 Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. Also featured are social activist Bob Kunst, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliff, U.S. Congressman Peter Deutsch, Palm Beach County Commissioner Carol Roberts, and many others.
activism, disenfranchisement, election, investigation, protest, re-count, social-awareness, social-injustice, voting