ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Why is the United States, that supposed bastion of freedom and democracy, such an unfree, undemocratic mess? Haha and “LOLsob”. This is a trick question: there are many reasons for the sorry state of American affairs. But a really big one is the ongoing campaign to suppress the vote. And by “ongoing,” I mean basically since the founding of the nation.

All In: The Fight for Democracy, now streaming on Amazon Prime, is a short, enlightening, enraging history of all the ways in which America has attempted to bar its citizens from voting, and often succeeded herein.

Filmmakers Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus filter this illiberal history of America through the lens of Stacey Abrams, who lost in her bid to become governor of the state of Georgia in 2018 thanks to outrageous voter-suppression shenanigans led by her opponent, Republican nominee Brian Kemp. Continue reading…

EDITOR’S NOTE:All In: The Fight for Democracy is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for January 15, 2021

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).