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A Minimovie is an episodic documentary consisting of a series of 8 to 10 episodes of 3 to 7 minutes each. Put together, the episodes form a self-contained story.

Dear Oprah

Non-Voting America's Wildest Dream

Episode 1: Discovering Non-Voting America

In early September 2007 we touch US shores in New York City and move over to the political heartland of the US, Washington DC, for a crash course about low voter turnout in America.



6:49
2008-03-12
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Episode 2: In Line For Democracy

Our first stop on our journey across non-voting America is Columbus, Ohio. A single mom and her kids in a poor neighborhood give us a chilling introduction on what voting can be like in America.



5:01
2008-03-12
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Episode 3: Campaigning With Scissors

We enter the southern parts of non-voting America. In a small South Carolina city we stop by a black barbershop, that is not just helping out long-haired European travelers, but also the Obama campaign...



4:00
2008-03-18
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Episode 4: Under The Bridge

In New Orleans we meet Miss Donna and her son Dante. Since Katrina and the way DC politics handled the aftermath, Miss Donna has stopped voting.



5:42
2008-03-18
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Episode 5: Run, Oprah, Run

We're halfway our journey across non-voting America and it seems that lack of faith in politicians is a big reason why people don't vote. Some Americans would rather have a talkshow host running the country...



5:40
2008-03-20
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Episode 6: A Day with Obama

A small retired nurse with a big voice leads us to Senator Obama. Attracting new voters is of huge importance for the Obama campaign and Miss Childs has a chant to mobilize them. Fired up! Ready to go!



6:48
2008-03-20
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Episode 7: The Latinos Are Coming

We're heading for the Western parts of non-voting America. Our first stop is Dallas, Texas. In a state that foreigners always associate with everything that makes America so American we stumble upon a changing face of Texas...



4:08
2008-03-25
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Episode 8: Uno, Dos, Tres, Democratas!

Nevada could possibly turn Democratic in the 2008 elections. A key factor in turning the state blue is mobilizing Latino voters. When we arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada the fight for the Latino vote is already in full swing...



5:46
2008-03-25
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Episode 9: Youthful Beginnings

Turnout among young people in America has been very low. The Obama campaign wants to change that, with Iowa as the first state in the primary season to show if it could...



5:31
2008-03-27
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Episode 10: Mail for Miss Winfrey

As Oprah gradually became part of our story about why so many Americans don't vote, we decided we had to end our journey at her studio in Chicago...



6:10
2008-03-27
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Almost a hundred million Americans don’t vote. Even when they're electing their president and, with that, the most powerful political leader in the world. A year before the presidential elections of 2008 a crew of young European filmmakers goes on a journey all across the country in a little old motorhome to search for America’s missing voters. Who are theyω Why don’t they voteω Can a young and fresh presidential candidate as Barack Obama make them voteω How would American politics change if more young people, single women, poor white people, African-Americans and Latino’s would start votingω Who better than Oprah could get America’s non-voters to vote in 2008.

Director

Kasper Verkaik (1979) "Dear Oprah" is his debut as filmmaker. Prior to that he made documentaries for Dutch national public radio, and wrote freelance for several magazines and newspapers. Early 2007 he finished his Master's in Communication Science with a thesis about the Iraq war coverage by US news media, based on interviews with numerous journalists at major US newspapers and tv networks. It received the award for best thesis of 2007 from the national trade magazine of Dutch journalists, and Kasper is currently working on a documentary about the same subject. He also makes theater and this year co-founded the young television lab The Formatfactory. Kasper works and lives in New York and Amsterdam.

 

Camera: Pierre Rezus

Sound: Jaap Hermans

Editor: Axel Skovdal Roelofs

 

 

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