Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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October 29, 2010 , , , , ,

Political franchise – the right to vote, was not handed to us. Most civil societies had to fight, sometimes prolonged battles over several decades, for that right to vote and live in free society. Many segments within a society like women or ethnic groups, had to fight for equality in suffrage within what was considered free society.

Exercising political franchise does not always mean that our votes contributed actively in the electoral process. The electronic shift of the ballot process has resulted in what appears to be skillful manipulation of the inherent pitfalls of the medium to alter election results tactfully and secretly. Is the electoral system broken in America? Are computers the new threat to free and fair elections?

Hacking Democracy, Stealing America and Uncounted are examples of documentaries that expose the anomalies and detrimental secretive partnerships that result in electoral malpractices. While exercising the vote is supremely important, it becomes even more important for citizens to ensure that their votes indeed do count and affect the outcome.


It is a documentary by Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Robert Carrillo Cohen about the electronic voting industry specifically targeting the Diebold corporation. Filmed over three years, the film follows a team of activists and hackers who uncover incendiary evidence and expose the secrecy surrounding the counting of votes electronically.  The film culminates in the “Hursti Hack” were in the electronic results were altered by modifying the contents of a memory card.

Visit the film’s website to read about the Diebold corporation’s attack on the integrity of the film and subsequent University of Berkeley reports on the authenticity of the “Hursti Hack”.

The entire film can be watched in the video clip below.


Not all ballots get counted. New York Times movie review reported that this film might have been 2008’s most alarming and patriotic documentary if it weren’t so shoddy and dull. Dorothy Fadiman’s film is a collection of supposedly ignored or dismissed evidence of electoral misconduct. The film can be watched in its entirety online. Watch it and judge for yourself.


This is a controversial feature length film by David Earnhardt that examines election fraud and its influence on 2004 election outcome. To read more about the issues visit



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