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August in the Empire State
August in the Empire State
Directors: Gabriel Rhodes, Keefe J. Murren, Michael Galin
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 20min

Using the tumultuous 2004 Republican Convention and the animated reaction of New Yorkers as its backdrop, August in the Empire State takes the viewer behind the scenes during one of the most intense moments in recent Ameri...  more »


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Directors: Gabriel Rhodes, Keefe J. Murren, Michael Galin
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Rumur Releasing
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/05/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Thought-Provoking and Warmly Human Political Documentary
Lesley Patterson | Nashville, TN | 11/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a snapshot of the 2004 presidential election, this remarkable film captures that moment from the vantage point of those people whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard in the mainstream media: the poor. At the center is activist Cheri Honkala, a charismatic and passionate spokesperson for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. Leading a group of marchers into the protests that filled the streets of New York during the summer of 2004, her will never flags, not when she and her cohorts are being gawked at by onlookers or harassed by the police. We all know how the election turned out, but Cheri's story serves as a model for living out one's convictions--the realization that, through working to promote those values we hold most dear, we might cling to our humanity in those moments when it would otherwise be stripped away from us. One reason this film succeeds so brilliantly, however, is that Cheri isn't the only focal point; at the opposite end of the spectrum is Paul Rodriguez, a conservative Republican Congressional candidate. The film never demonizes him, but rather shows his own unflagging pursuit of what he considers to be true and good. We never doubt whose side the filmmakers are on, though, if only because they're so skilled at showing all the ways that American society remains essentially racist and classist, but without ever hammering us over the head with the point."