Review by Camden Ferrell
All In: The Fight for Democracy is easily the timeliest film to come out this year. Now more than ever, this is an essential and eye-opening film. From directors Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus, this is a well-crafted documentary that is equal parts entertaining, informative, and worrying.
This documentary examines America’s checkered history of voter suppression and how it affects our lives today more than ever. During an election year, this is a topic that will quickly gain attention. The film takes a look back at the shortcomings of democracy in the past and ties it in to the current issues that voters are facing in 2020. It’s a time-sensitive film meant for this exact moment.
From the start it’s very clear that the directors have such a clear and singular vision for this film. The way it is organized, and the way certain themes and events are explored is so effortless and graceful. They found a perfect way for this film the flow naturally. With a steady pace, the film avoids any lulls, and it allows its message to take center stage.
Stacey Abrams was a gubernatorial candidate from Georgia in 2018 who could have very well-made history if it weren’t for the rampant voter suppression that occurred during the election. Abrams is the most featured subject of this documentary, but she really does deserve all of her screen time. Her story is powerful, and the way she embeds her rhetoric through the retelling of events is highly skillful. She has a special way of highlighting the many ways in which the system continues to fail minorities and people from low-income backgrounds, but she infuses it with a sense of hope that serves as a great motivator for everyone watching.
The film features many personal testimonies of those who have faced injustice and been suppressed in their right to vote. The film features a lot of very educated people that explain the history and legality of voter suppression, and it really emphasizes how America is regressing in its fight for democracy. It gives us this information smoothly, and it’s a very accessible film that will easily speak to people of all ages.
It’s a film that covers a lot of the main talking points about voter suppression. Even though it could be more thorough, there’s more than enough evidence and rhetoric in this film to make your blood boil. It’s an angering experience, and it paints a portrait of how Americans are slowly losing their right to vote. It’s a scathing indictment of the voting system and the numerous ways it continues to suppress citizens’ rights.
Aside from its content, it’s a very entertaining documentary with no slow sections. It breezes through its runtime effortlessly, and it’s a fantastic experience. They use great imagery, animations, and charts to emphasize their points, and it is one of the best documentaries this year. It’s a film with a strong call to action to vote this fall because it is important to do so now more than ever. “We the People” cannot be true until the system stops preventing people from exercising their right to vote.
All In: The Fight for Democracy is an eye-opening experience that is empowering, emotional, and timely. Cortés and Garbus execute this fantastic doc with a talent that stands out as one of this year’s best. This film is perfect for audiences of all ages and background, and it’s an essential watch this coming Fall.
All In: The Fight for Democracy comes out in select theaters September 9 and Amazon Prime Video September 18.
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