11/04/08 has been sitting in my Netflix queue for months now, and tonight I finally found the time to watch it. I heard that it was a collection of footage of election night 2008 from various locations around the world. What I didn't know was that 11/04/08 is an ongoing video project created by director Jeff Deutchman. He is asking for viewers to submit their footage from that unforgettable night here. It is November 4, 2008. The first time in history that a black Democrat is running for president and a Republican woman is running for vice president. No matter the outcome, this election will go down in history. The cameras start rolling at 8am and don't stop till 4 the next morning. Countless Americans from Portage, Indiana to Los Angeles, California await the final announcement. A woman in Brooklyn is interviewed hours before the polls close, claiming she voted McCain, and that the majority of Obama supporters only liked him because he was black. A man in New Orleans tells the camera man that he hadn't voted in 20 years - but he did today, and for Obama.
Deutchman proved in his film that this election did not just touch the lives of millions of Americans, but also the whole world, really. Footage is shown from New Delhi, Paris, and Berlin. A group of twenty-something girls in Geneva are inspired by Obama's youthful vision. A young couple in a shopping center in Dubai is interviewed - adamant Obama supporters.
Back in the states, a long-haired, adolescent boy, maybe twelve or thirteen, makes phone calls for Obama in a black Motorhead t-shirt. A sixty-something small-town black woman references the 1955 Emmitt Till slaying - and breaks into tears thinking of just how far we've come in her lifetime. A community organizer recounts her days in the field, knocking doors and working 16-18 hours a day.
And then the final announcement is made. Barack Obama has won the election. A dance party is happening in the streets of Brooklyn. A man hops out of a shiny white car and belts out James Brown's "I Feel Good" in Berlin. Crowds of community organizers huddle together for a toast. This is our moment, this is our time. I fell in love with this film. I was surprised to learn how many people all over the world were so interested in US politics. Perhaps it brought me back to the best time of my life, the time I spent campaigning for the President. If you were not involved in the 2008 election, or if you hate Obama, I wouldn't recommend this film. Otherwise I think you will find it delightful.
Rating: 5/5 - Must See.