Directed by: Duane Andersen, Don Argott, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Petra Epperlein, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Jamie Goncalves, Andrew Beck Grace, Alma Har'el, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq, Michael Tucker 2017 | 104 min.
Premiere: Special Presentation
On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump’s unexpected, Earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. What did that day look like?
With 11/8/16, producer/creator Jeff Deutchman’s second installment in his election film series (the first being 11/4/08, which was screened at HIFF 2010), viewers are afforded a uniquely cinematic look at the chaotic glory of American democracy from sea to shining sea. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of some of America’s finest documentary filmmakers, 40 in all, 11/8/16 follows sixteen subjects, including one in Honolulu followed by local filmmaker Ciara Lacy (OUT OF STATE, also screening at HIFF this year), spanning the country’s geographic, socioeconomic and political divides throughout the course of that history-altering day.
As the evening wears on, and it becomes clear that the impossible was about to become reality, Trump supporters rejoice at their candidate’s surprise victory as Hillary voters come to grips with the shocking turn of events in stunned disbelief. 11/8/16 was an election unlike any other. 11/8/16 brings us back to that day with the immediacy of great nonfiction filmmaking, and shows with vibrant directness how life happens as history is being made.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le