All In: The Fight for Democracy might not be the best documentary of 2020, but it’s without question the most important. While the documentary does fine work chronicling the past efforts to suppress the vote (literary tests and poll taxes), what’s fascinating is how Director Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes can connect suppression efforts to the present. From the removal of names voter rolls, needs for additional identification, and blatant claims of fraud, individual lawmakers seek to delegitimize the process.
The documentary’s power comes not in the information but more so the tone in which is taken. This film easily could have been an angrier look at what has happened in the past and what’s occurring, but the informational tone gives the documentary a neutral feel. Most people will look at who is involved in the film and think otherwise.
Garbus and Cortes are hoping to use the experience that Stacey Abrams had in 2018 (which they do get into) and highlight the current acts of voter suppression through All In: The Fight for Democracy. The hope is that it will encourage groups of individuals to rise and start valuing and exercising our right to vote. This is a message they hope resonates with all ages regardless of party affiliation.