Democracy derives its just powers from “the consent of the governed.” How that has played out in our nation is an imperfect history, flawed from the beginning by disenfranchisement and today by the outsized role of money in politics, voter suppression, foreign influence and the manipulation of political boundaries. How far have we moved since the founding? Can faith in democracy survive a lack of trust it its most fundamental tool? With Carol Anderson, author “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy” and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, director of Dark Money.
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.
Kimberly Reed is the director/producer of DARK MONEY, a political thriller that examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Dark Money premiered in January 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was an official selection and won the Producing Award. Reed is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. She directed/produced PRODIGAL SONS, which screened at more than 100 film festivals, and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize. Ms. Reed was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s “Out 100,” and as Towleroad’s “Best LGBT Character of the Film Year.” She also produced/edited/wrote PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (Zeitgeist Films), and produced THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (Netflix).
“One Person, No Vote reads like a speedy sequel of sorts to her previous book, the elegant and illuminating best-seller White Rage . . . Her new book seems to have been written from a state of emergency, in an adrenaline-fueled sprint. Anderson is a stinging polemicist; her book rolls through a condensed history of voting rights and disenfranchisement, without getting bogged down in legislative minutiae. This is harder than it looks . . . This trenchant little book will push you to think not just about the vote count but about who counts, too.” – Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
“Dark Money” is but a microcosm of what’s been happening nationwide. And with bodies like the Federal Election Commission and Supreme Court increasingly stacked to prevent any movement that would derail the trend, it’s clear the nation is in trouble. Since the doc focuses at least as much on Republican as Democratic activism against outside corporate influence-peddling, this is the rare social-justice documentary that few conservatives are likely to find too slanted in theme or perspective. – Dennis Harvey, Variety