'All In' - Interview with filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has become a hero to many Democrats because of the voter-registration drive she led after her 2018 loss helped turn Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential race. It led to the Democrats’ double victories in the state’s Senate runoff elections last week that no less than shifted control of the Senate to Dems.
Abrams plays a central role in the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, but the film from Amazon Studios shouldn’t be construed as “The Stacey Abrams Story.”
The film has a bigger focus in mind, the directors say during Deadline’s Contenders Documentary awards-season event, beyond exploring the Democratic candidate’s narrow loss in 2018 to Republican Brian Kemp, a defeat many attribute to Republican efforts to suppress the minority vote.
“The whole point of this film was that the election in 2018…has been hundreds of years in the making. And you can’t understand what happened in that race without understanding our history” - Liz Garbus
In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.
The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.