A hard-fought election campaign in a nutshell.
A hard-fought election campaign in a nutshell—with all the positives and negatives that come with it. Marshall Curry's dynamic documentary chronicles the electoral battle for mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The competition takes place between the incumbent mayor, James Sharpe, who has been in office for over a decade, and a 32-year-old newcomer - a lawyer named Cory Booker. They're both black, they're both Democrats, and they both do their utmost to persuade voters. The former is a veteran politician with countless connections, a man who is relentless in taking advantage of his position to help his campaign. The latter's attributes include energy, passion and a great education. Over several months, the camera follows nearly all of Booker's activities, recording an extraordinary chronicle of an election campaign that quickly takes on color and tempo.
2005 Tribeca FF
2005 Hot Docs
Best Documientary, Audience Award