Voting rights and voter suppression:
- John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020). A portrait of this Civil Rights icon and the vital issue of voting rights.
- Capturing the Flag (2018) Set in North Carolina in 2016, this fly-on-the wall documentary focuses on the work of voter protection activists and vividly portrays the the obstacles that many voters confront in casting their ballots.
- Dolores (2017) This film covers the full range of Dolores Huerta’s campaigns and activism. As a community organizer, Dolores set up voter registration drives and was instrumental in changing voter registration procedures in California.
- The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016). Greg Palast investigates the way voter suppression has been operationalized as a Republican strategy to ‘steal elections’.
- Suppressing the Vote (2012) Bill Moyers talks with Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice on new voter ID and other election laws that have a powerful impact on voting rights – especially of the young, the elderly, minorities and the poor.
Campaign finance issues and disinformation
- Operation Infektion (2018) A New York Times video which analyzes the history, tactics and objectives of Russian “active measures” and the deployment of misinformation and fraudulent news in US elections and civic life. .
- Citizen Koch (2013) This film focuses on the campaign to recall Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin and the role of the Koch brothers in supporting him. It offers this as an example of the impact of Citizens United on campaign finance.
- Dark Money (2012) Bill Moyers discusses the issue of the role of money in politics and elections in particular with Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas?, and Pity the Billionaire and with Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein on what they call “dark money”. This is a useful early analysis of the impact of the Citizens United decision and the growth of super PACs.
- Uncounted (2008) David Earnhardt offers an investigation of the various ways in which the integrity of the 2004 elections was undermined.
- The Choice: (2016) PBS. the 2016 Election The 2016 episode of the PBS quadrennial series on the Presidential election.
- Going Upriver (2004): The story of the 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry’s military service in Vietnam and subsequent involvement in the anti-war peace movement in the 1970s.
- Streetfight (2005): Cory Booker’s campaign for Mayor of Newark in 2002
- Bush’s Brain (2004) Karl Rove and his role in making G.W. Bush ‘presidential’ and in Bush’s election campaigns.
- Red State Road Trip (2004): a 6000 mile journey into the heart of America and the 2008 followup documentary. Chris Hume. See David Brook’s 2001 Atlantic article “One Nation Slightly Divisible” for analyses of the early 2000s.