The election that will live in infamy, regardless of who ran and who won, the infamy was on the American people. 11/8/2016 is a documentary that follows Americans of different backgrounds, genders and race, all residing in different states on election day 2016.
Did the film show Hillary supporters crying, yes. Did the film show southern white male Trump supporters gloating, yes. Did the film show the contempt each side had for the other, yes, but only to a degree. The film showed one of the Trump supporters of West Virginia getting angry over the way media was covering the election results. The media outlet referred to the votes for Trump were coming from “those rural areas,” The West Virginia man inferred that that was “code” for uneducated. In the West Virginia man’s defense, it is used in that manner frequently in polite circles of the south-eastern portion of the US. They also showed folks who refused to vote, an old man who got to vote for the first time due to felonies on his record, latino supporters of Trump, and the carefree house-less man from Hawaii who has very little knowledge of the election and no cares of it.
This film did a adequate job of the coverage. I was surprised and disappointed of their third party coverage. I was surprised that they had any kind of third party coverage considering the majority of America’s disdain of a third party. I was disappointed over who they covered, Evan McMullin, an independent candidate who only received 0.53% of the national popular vote. While Jill Stein from the Green Party received more national coverage
and 1% of the national popular vote, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party received even more national coverage because of not being allowed to participate in the debates, and received 3.3% of the national popular vote. Perhaps that was intentional, to further perpetuate the two party system by showing someone only the great people of Utah had ever heard of.
This film gives some insight into the people’s emotions for and against candidates in the 2016 election. For those still in the fever of it, I would say this was a left of the middle political film, with a hint of a fantasy of a reminiscent time when no one cared about politics.