Watch All In: The Fight for Democracy and watch our Q&A with director Lisa Cortés.

Film Synopsis

"The fundamental power of democracy lives in the right to vote. If you protect that right, you create possibilities for everything else." – Stacey Abrams.

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY is a riveting examination of voter suppression in the United States of America. The film weaves rich archival storytelling with the personal experiences of experts, activists, and would-be voters deprived of their rights. Current activism as well as historical insight expose what corrupted our democracy from the moment it was founded. Every time we the people take a step toward a more just and equal nation — granting rights to the disenfranchised, from women’s suffrage to desegregation — new forces and obstacles emerge that require us to fight for the right to vote once again. Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and the first female African-American major-party gubernatorial nominee, offers an insider’s look at the patchwork of laws and barriers designed to hinder voting. Many U.S citizens remain unaware of this dangerous threat to their basic right to wield their power and raise their voices at the polls. 

ALL IN explores fundamental questions: Who gets to participate in our democracy, and who is pushed aside? How can we all fight back? Voting is the cog that makes the machinery of democracy work — and if the machinery breaks for some, it will eventually break for all. This illuminating film lays out the sweeping argument that many of the problems we have seen over the past several elections are rooted in an issue that has plagued our country from its founding. From our nation’s beginning, laws were designed to suppress certain segments of the population. Furthermore, the film illustrates that voter suppression is a nonpartisan human rights issue, which if solved, would amplify the voices of the disenfranchised and strengthen our democratic republic. 

This documentary will spark an urgent national conversation and forever change the way Americans understand their right to vote. All In is directed by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus and Oscar® and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Lisa Cortés, and produced by Garbus, Cortés, Academy Award®-winning producer Dan Cogan, and Stacey Abrams.

Event Details

Date: Oct 23 12:10 a.m. to Oct 30

About the Directors

Lisa Cortes Lisa Cortés, is an Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning film producer and celebrated director. The film Precious (2009), which she executive produced, received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama at the Sundance Film Festival. Marking the acting debut of Gabourey Sidibe, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. The Apollo, 2019 HBO documentary, explores African-American cultural and political history through the story of the legendary Apollo Theater. Her directorial debut, The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2020), traces the impact of street fashion and African American creativity on global cultural trends.

Her early career as a music executive was launched at the iconic Def Jam label and Rush Artist Management. She was also vice president of A&R at Mercury Records and founded the Loose Cannon label.

Her film productions have received more than 70 international awards and nominations.

Cortés, who received her B.A. from Yale University, uses her gift for filmmaking to bring diverse and untold stories to light and has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices.

Liz GarbusLiz Garbus is a two-time Academy Award®-nominee, two-time Emmy winner, Peabody winner, Grammy nominee, Directors Guild of America nominee, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts-nominated director. Garbus, who graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a major in history and semiotics, has earned a reputation for creating electrifying, archival-driven, historical documentaries that retain all the narrative velocity, artistic craft, and conceptual depth of propulsive, cinéma vérité films. Garbus delves into today’s most hotly debated topics. Her latest series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark premiered on HBO in June 2020. Her narrative feature debut, Lost Girls, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and was released on Netflix and in theatres in March 2020.  The Fourth Estate, for Showtime, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and includes full access to the Russia investigation and much more. Her 2015 feature, Sundance opener, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and took home the Emmy Award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. In 2018, HBO premiered Garbus’ documentary, A Dangerous Son, which tracks the lives of three families as they navigate mental illness and the healthcare system. Other credits include: The Innocence Films (Netflix, 2020), Who Killed Garrett Phillips (HBO, 2019), There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO), The Farm: Angola, USA (Academy Award nominee 1998) and many others.

As the daughter of eminent attorney, author and First Amendment protector Martin Garbus, Liz has continued to expand her family legacy by creating and documenting stories that make a difference.