Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
USA – 01:19:52
Produced by Mac Heller, Timothy Smith, Barbara Friedman, Matt Robins, Jesse Moss
Directed by Michael Kasino
Written by Timothy Smith
What would happen if some political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in this new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and shot during the chaotic 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them. Obama’s 2008 victory revealed a rising demographic tide of non-white and younger voters that threatened GOP success into the future. Rather than try to appeal to these growing majorities, Republicans chose a more nefarious path. Rigged shows viewers just what they did – and continue to do – from creating new barriers to voter registration, to purging American citizens from the voting rolls without notice, to new and deliberate impediments to casting a vote. In addition, the film shows how GOP activists developed an elaborate but false narrative of widespread voter fraud in order to justify the necessity for new and draconian voting restrictions. Our democracy is in peril, and it’s up to us to fight for an America that lives up to the promise of ‘liberty and justice for all.