Documentary - Pre-Production 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 50 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ferri RONTELTAP
    • Writer(s)
    • Annemarie PROOST, Amanda DIRKSE
    • Producer(s)
    • Ilse RONTELTAP (Rfilm)
    • Synopsis
    • 'The Road to Vote' is a documentary about the danger of the decay of democratic values in the United States despite the battle that has been fought for civil liberties and voting rights.
      The documentary is going to be a road movie from Selma to Montgomery, where in 1965 the march, that led to the Voting Rights Act, was held. Both past ( archive footage and pictures) and present (interviews ect.) will be shown. An image is drawn of the battle of 1965 of the black community of Alabama to get equal voting rights and the way this battle is remembered in the present. At the same time we want to show a democracy in distress by showing how people in Alabama feel about there democratic rights (ex-convicts in Alabama have lost their right to vote, people don't see the use in voting, race still is an issue in politics and voting, etc).
      The road between Selma and Montgomery, where the demonstrators marched, is now commemorated by the federal government as a national historic symbol and it's history is of national importance. The way we see it the road to vote is still very long. We want to show how close people came to their ultimate goal of equality and how far away from that goal the people in Alabama ( and therefor in the USA) still are at present.
      The documentary will in some way use current political events, but the main subject stands apart from that. The mass media attention for the elections in 2008 might give the impression that democracy is very much alive. We want to emphasise the struggle to get voting rights and how people use those rights.
    • Production schedule
    • In July 2008 we are planning to film in Alabama. The documentary will be finished before November 2008.