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Street Fight

Synopsis
STREET FIGHT chronicles the ferocious political clash in 2002 between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Yale Law School graduate, and long term incumbent Sharpe James, for Mayor of Newark, N.J. Fought in Newark’s neighbourhoods and housing projects, the
battle pits Booker against a political machine that will go to any lengths to crush its opponents. City workers who do not support the mayor are demoted; "disloyal"; businesses are targeted; a campaigner is detained and accused of terrorism; and
disks of voters’ personal data are stolen. Even the filmmaker is dragged into the fray, and by election day, the climate has become so heated that the national government is forced to send in observers to watch for election fraud or even violence and intimidation.
Critically acclaimed and widely believed to be one of the most extraordinary political documentaries ever made, STREET FIGHT goes deep into the underbelly of democracy, where elections are not fought with spin-doctors, media consultants, let alone sound policies, but are won and lost on the streets.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2008
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
Social Studies; Politics & government
Keywords
democracy; elections; local government; United States of America; political issues; political corruption

Credits

Director
Marshall Curry
Contributor
Corry Booker; Sharpe James

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
81 minutes
Year
2008

Distributor

Name

Artefact Media

Address
1 Park View Road
Brighton
BN3 7BF
Notes
Artefact Media ceased trading in 2014
 

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