Folks, as Rodney King famously mentioned, can all of us get alongside?
That query varieties the subtext of “Swing State,” a documentary venture by Wisconsin filmmaker Bryan Oldenburg who interviewed voters from crimson and blue counties throughout the Badger State to get a ground-level view of how their standing as a key battleground state within the race to win the Electoral School had affected their lives.
For too many, he informed me, the results on private lives throughout occasion traces haven’t been good.
“A few of these individuals not converse with one another,” he mentioned in a phone interview. “Y’know, pals or neighbors discover out you voted for Trump and reply with shock, ‘You voted for who?’ Folks say (occasion politics) was a pleasant rivalry, and now it is a blood sport. Yeah, there’s undoubtedly that rancor.”
Fortuitously, half considered one of what Oldenburg hopes will likely be a two- or three-part “Swing State” sequence, was filmed earlier than the rancor of the dangerous information out of Kenosha this summer season. Violence exploded there in August after the police taking pictures of a Black man, Jacob Blake. That was adopted by protests that led to the deadly taking pictures of two protesters for which Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old self-styled militiaman from Illinois, has been charged.
As a substitute, “Swing State” gives a view quiet sufficient to listen to individuals speak about how they voted 4 years in the past, how they plan to vote this time and the way these essential selections have affected their neighborhood lives.