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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Movie Review: Gerrymandering

LAist: Los Angeles News, Food, Arts & Events: "The film, which features plenty of heavy politicos from beginning to end, opens with a poli-sci School House Rock homage before jettisoning off into political parts unknown by those of us without a subscription to The Economist. And while there is only the long of it, a short summary could be composed thusly: redistricting is the process of redrawing local and state voting districts following a census; gerrymandering is using this process for one’s own gain - most commonly by drawing odd-shaped districts that only include the types of people most likely to vote for a specific political candidate. The result is a hodgepodge system of insured incumbents with little chance of losing their reelection, simply because of the voter base at their feet.

Throughout Gerrymandering, filmmaker Jeff Reichert attempts (and rightfully so) to lambaste the political process that allows for our elected representatives to draw their own boundaries. The film very smartly peeks open the heavy lid of political dullness to show moviegoers the utopian process in Iowa and abroad, where those in office have no say in the matter. Meanwhile, Reichert also balances the broken California system, and focuses on a specific proposition aimed at setting up a non-partisan committee to focus on redrawing our state. And this, frankly, is where things get muddled."

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