No Umbrella: Election Day in the City (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 26 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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For viewers who may still not realize the extent of the voting irregularities during the 2004 U.S. elections, filmmaker Laura Paglin offers this informative and entertaining cinematic account of one Ohio councilwoman's struggle against an unresponsive bureaucracy in dealing with polling-place breakdowns and providing a notably agitated electorate with the machines they need to let their voices be heard. The scene is a predominately African-American district in Cleveland, OH. Voters have descended upon the polls in record numbers, but their patience is tested as cantankerous octogenarian councilwoman Fannie Lewis struggles to break the gridlock by acquiring the machines and technical support needed for her ward to accommodate the sizable electorate. As tempers are set ablaze and rumors of conspiracy begin to fly, the dark comedy that ensues offers a chilling portrait of the American voting system gone tragically awry.

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African-American, election, frustration, precinct, voting