We have just received an exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary 11/4/08, which will be released in theaters and on VOD platforms such as iTunes, Amazon VOD, Sony Playstation and CinemaNOW on October 22. Click below to watch a scene from this stirring expose, which explores how the election of President Barack Obama changed the world:
Two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, filmmaker Jeff Deutchman asked his friends from around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that became "historic" before it even took place. Deutchman collected footage from that day captured by a combination of both passionate amateurs and acclaimed independent filmmakers, including Henry Joost (Catfish), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last) and Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea).
In this vérité documentary, we see the results of that project: in St. Louis and Austin, idealistic volunteers think they can turn their states blue; in Chicago, voter lines are made even longer when Obama shows up to cast his own vote; in Alaska, children seem to be as invested in the election results as their parents; in Paris, an organization discusses whether there could ever be a black President of France; in Dubai, Berlin, Geneva and New Dehli, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and in Harlem, a felon casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life.
As we approach the final announcement of Obama's victory at 11pm EST, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through "history:" the celebration of a new future remaining entangled with the universally visible tensions of the past.
What's interesting is to view 11/4/08 now, almost two years later and with another important election day fast approaching. Obama recently tweeted:
"On November 2, I need you as fired up as you were in 2008."
"If everyone who fought so hard for change in 2008 shows up to vote in 2010, I am absolutely confident that we will win."
This is a film that forces the viewer to reflect upon the change (for better or for worse) between now and then, which makes for what is sure to be an engaging juxtaposition of one's personal political outlook.