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Award-winning documentary to have free public screening

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2006) -- A free public screening of the award-winning documentary, "American Blackout," will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the School of Film and the African American Studies Department at Ohio University.

Many people have heard of the voting irregularities that blemished the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, and some know of the resulting challenges to the electoral votes by African-American congressional representatives.  "American Blackout," directed by Ian Inaba, sets out to show that these stories are not insignificant rumors or incidents that resulted from an overburdened election system.

The film chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Cynthia McKinney, a Georgia congresswoman who took an active role in investigating these calamities.  She soon found herself in her own election debacle after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. 

"American Blackout" travels from Florida to Georgia to Ohio examining the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.

With the midterm elections approaching, "American Blackout" will deliver a timely message to voters in Ohio.  This film has won many awards, including the Special Jury Prize Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. 

For more information about the film, visit the film's Web site at www.americanblackout.com.

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Media Contact: Charla Barker at 724-840-4743 or cb245603@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark at 740-597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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