In an election year, it’s always a good idea to look back at past events to guide us in our future decisions. These four films tell stories of political events that we can still learn from today.
Cobbled together from footage filmed just before and after candidates in the 1992 presidential election went on the air, this often funny documentary lays bare the very human personalities that emerge when candidates think no one is watching.
The Fog of War
Using his distinctive documentary style, Errol Morris coaxes 85 year old Robert McNamara to give an interview for the ages, giving a surprisingly frank account of his time as Secretary of State during the Vietnam War.
A mayoral race in Trenton, New Jersey sets the stage for a gripping tale of a young, idealistic candidate going up against a seasoned political machine.
Please Vote for Me
In 2007, a class of third graders in China held the country’s first democratic school election, for the position of class monitor. The film provides a glimpse into Chinese society and the very nature of democracy.