Presidential elections years usually flood theaters with politically significant films. During 2016, however, fewer films were nominated in the four categories for Political Film Society awards than 2015. No films were nominated to inspire confidence in democracy, three films related to peace (Eye in the Sky, Land of Mine, and Tanna), five featured human rights (The Innocents, Loving, The Birth of a Nation, Race, Silence), though twelve were Exposé films.
Political Film Society rules require final balloting for only the top 5 in each category, so ballots below enable members to narrow the longer list for Exposé films. If you feel that the film deserves serious consideration, mark your ballot ACCEPT. If inappropriate, mark DROP. If you did not see a film, put an X for NO OPINION. Polls close at midnight January 31. If the emailed ballot is difficult to read, kindly read the attached file or push the button to expand to full screen.
For EXPOSÉ films, bringing to prominence lesser known facts that raise political consciousness, select up to 5 films as ACCEPT, the rest should be marked DROP for films that should be dropped or NO OPINION for those where you have no opinion. Some of the films listed are available from well-known websites.
Denial (Holocaust denier sues Holocaust expert for libel in a London court.)
Free State of Jones (A liberated territory of Whites and freed slaves declares independence during the Civil War.)
I, Daniel Blake (How bureaucrats frustrate jobseekers.)
The Innocents (How Russian troops raped nuns in their occupation of Poland after World War II.)
Land of Mine (German boy POWs are forced to clear landmines in Denmark but half die.)
The People v Fritz Bauer (German Attorney General Bauer despite oppo-sition in his country tracks down Eichmann.)
Race (How track star Jesse Owens overcame racism.)
The Siege of Jadotville (Irish UN peacekeeping troops in the Congo face overwhelming Katanga opposition.)
Silence (How Japan got rid of Christianity.)
Snowden (How and why Snowden blew the whistle on
surveillance of everyone in USA.)
Tanna (A traditional Vanuatu tribe, which has resisted colonization accepts “love marriage.”)
War Dogs (How millions have been made from the arms trade in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere.)
To complete your vote, print out the list, mark each film, and send the list to either email@example.com or to Political Film Society, P.O. Box 461267, Hollywood, CA 90046. The deadline is January 31, 2017.
Voting for films in the other three categories will begin on February 1, 2017.