'Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election' is being screened at the Showroom Cinema at 6:50pm on Saturday 13th September and this screening will be followed by a discussion with Richard Ray Pérez, one of the co-directors of the file. This award winning documentary is a co-production with the Los Angeles Independent Media Center.
There is further information on the Unprecedented movie web site, including links to audio and video previews, background information, reviews and stills.
In a mere 50 minutes, this film incisively lays bare everything they say went wrong with the election in Florida. The filmmakers interviewed scores of experts and chart conflicts of interests in the recount battle all the way up to the Supreme Court. They tick off a list of unethical tactics on the part of Republicans, but their key argument is that Al Gore, widely regarded as ill-advised throughout his campaign, lost the election by listening to those who urged him to seek recounts in only four Florida counties instead of the entire state. -- Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times
The fight for Florida’s electoral votes in the 200 Presidential election drew intense media attention for months; this film suggests the result was a lot of heat and very little light. Using news footage and behind-the-scenes interviews, Unprecedented builds the case that the disenfranchisement of predictably Democratic voters- mostly black and older Jewish voters in South Florida districts- was deliberate and started almost as soon as Gov. Jeb Bush took office. Obvious Republican dividends were reaped in the 2000 election, and this film suggests the national election turned on inept national Democratic political maneuvering and an over eager Supreme Court. -- Jed Dietz