Documentary gives voice to the voteless in the 2000 election
September 2002

"Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election" is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Filmmakers Richard Ray Pérez and Joan Sekler examine modern America's most controversial political contest: the election of George W. Bush.

What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. George W. Bush stole the presidency of the United States ... and got away with it.

Included is an interview with Rev. Thomas Johnson, a Gainesville minister.

The 50-minute documentary film will be shown in Gainesville twice on the same day, Tuesday, September 24, from 5:30-7:30 at the Martin Luther King Center at Waldo Rd. and NE 8th Ave. and at the Reitz Union cinema on the UF campus from 8-10. Both showings are free. The film-makers and Greg Palast will be present at the showings for discussion and questions afterwards. As an investigative journalist for the BBC and The Guardian, Palast was the first to uncover how the State of Florida purged thousands of legitimate voters from the rolls before the election. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

For more information, call 378-5655 or visit the website for more on the film. However, please note that the website's showtimes for Gainesville may not be updated. More information on Greg Palast can be found at

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