Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2005. Marshall Curry Productions LLC. Screenplay by Marshall Curry. Cinematography by Marshall Curry. Produced by Marshall Curry. Music by James Baxter. Film Editing by Marshall Curry, Rachel Kittner, Mary Manhardt.
Nerve-wracking examination of a sad state of democracy in an American city. Cory Booker, a suburban-raised, privileged Rhodes scholar decides to run against incumbent success Sharpe James for the office of Newark’s mayor in 2002, facing an opponent who has been the people’s choice for decades. Almost as soon as he begins his campaign, he is met with mysterious powers that get in the way of his success, his opponent having enough people in his pocket to ensure that Booker gets nowhere in his attempt to unseat him. Even our documentarian, Marshall Curry, who shot much of this film himself, finds himself unable to photograph or interview a public figure whose job it is to respond to any questions or accusations made about his (questionable) position. Eventually even Booker has to resort to playing a little dirty in order to get ahead, and the entire process is one that will keep you riveted to the screen for its full 81-minute running time.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature