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R!C!A! Film Screening: No Umbrella and Please Vote for Me
November 3, 2009 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
SPECIAL ELECTION DAY DOUBLE FEATURE
No Umbrella (26 minutes)
Are you convinced that there were no voting irregularities in 2004? Then witness Fannie Lewis in action on November 2, 2004 as she struggles to manage a polling station in a predominantly African American precinct in Cleveland, Ohio. Facing record numbers at the polls, Ms. Lewis spends her day on a cell phone begging for the machines and the technical support Ward 7 needs to handle the throngs of frustrated voters. On the one hand, No Umbrella is a sobering reminder of the United States’ inadequate election process. But the film sharpens its satiric edge by emphasizing Fannie Lewis’s steadfast sassiness in the face of the day’s frustratingly repetitive rituals. This delightful documentary won the Jury Award for Best Short at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Please Vote for Me (58 minutes)
Is democracy a universal value that suits human nature? Do elections inevitably lead to manipulation? “Please Vote for Me” is a portrait of a society and a town in through a school, its children and its families. A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents. The purpose of Weijun Chen’s experiment is to determine how democracy would be received if it came to China. The film will be followed by a panel featuring guest speakers TBA.