Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams performs a central function within the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, however the movie from Amazon Studios should not be construed as “The Stacey Abrams Story.”
The movie has a much bigger focus in thoughts, the administrators say throughout Deadline’s Contenders Documentary awards-season occasion, past exploring the Democratic candidate’s slim loss in 2018 to Republican Brian Kemp, a defeat many attribute to Republican efforts to suppress the minority vote.
“The complete level of this movie was that the election in 2018…has been lots of of years within the making,” Garbus says. “And you may’t perceive what occurred in that race with out understanding our historical past.”
That historical past is a grim one, marked by way of violence or different means to maintain folks of shade from casting ballots. Lately, the filmmakers argue, Republicans have invoked the crimson herring of “voter fraud” to disenfranchise Black and brown folks.
“What’s so unlucky is there isn’t any statistical data that validates this story of voter fraud,” Cortés says. “What it comes right down to is an influence battle. How do you maintain on to your energy? You create myths that you simply share to these people who find themselves most inclined to leaning into it.”
Abrams has change into a hero to many Democrats due to the voter-registration drive she led after her 2018 loss helped flip Georgia blue within the 2020 presidential race. It led to the Democrats’ double victories within the state’s Senate runoff elections final week that a minimum of shifted management of the Senate to Dems.
“This isn’t one thing that simply occurred with Stacey due to the 2018 race in opposition to Kemp. It’s part of not solely her work however it’s part of her life,” Cortés notes. “I feel the hero highlight is one which has been shining on her for a very long time. It’s simply that extra folks see it now.”