THE NOVEMBER SURPRISE is set in the battleground state of Florida during the recent race for President.
Not only was 2016 one of the most polarizing elections in U.S. history, it was also the first in 50 years without full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act Dr. King fought for.
To quote Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten unconscious at Selma, “the Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of 1965’s Voting Rights Act.”
We walk with John Lewis today, as he accompanies 500 students to an early voting precinct. There we meet Sheena, an election protection worker & mother to 7 children. Both Sheena and her husband, Desmond, work as civil rights activists. Sheena makes sure every voter leaves the polls with an “I Voted” sticker, and if they don’t (due to intimidation or other issues), she advocates on their behalf.
Desmond, a former felon, whose work has been honored by the White House, lobbies for restoring voting rights to Florida's 2 million ex-felons. On Souls To The Polls day, Desmond witnesses a heartbreaking story, when a former felon (whose crime was driving with a suspended license) is still denied a vote after 30 years.
We also ride along with nationalized immigrants from the Latino & Moslem communities, as well as the Trump supporters the media didn’t take seriously.
Finally, the big day arrives. Hundreds of non-partisan attorneys land in the Sunshine State to man the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, in an effort to monitor voter suppression among Florida’s diverse communities.
Of course, we all know the ending. But, this film goes deeper than Electoral College tallies. We observe how the economy, race and restrictive voting laws, all fed into an election result the pundits missed.
The take-away is an up-close & personal look at America’s diverse citizens, representing both sides of a divided country, all participating passionately in selecting the next Chief Executive.
Through their stories, we start to get the “why” of THE NOVEMBER SURPRISE.
The November Surprise:
The Election That Shocked the World
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