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Tonsler Park2017. USA. 80 min.
Director: Kevin Jerome Everson Featuring: Sally Barbour, Shaquita Morton, Deborah Tyler.
Preceded by the short film How Can I Ever Be Late (5 min.)
Internationally renowned artist and filmmaker Kevin Everson uses 16mm black-and-white film to observe the democratic process as it unfolded across Charlottesville voting precincts on November 8th, 2016. Appropriate considering his oeuvre’s focus on the everyday lives of African-Americans, the film provides a portrait of the working-class African-American public officials who ran the polls, enabling citizens to vote in a democracy that has systematically abused them. The camera lingers over ordinary people as they mill about, unsuspecting of the election results and the tragic events that are to come. Discussion with filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold