Minimovies: Dear Oprah

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More than a hundred million Americans don't vote. Even when they elect 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 they? Why don't they vote? Can a young and fresh presidential candidate as Barack Obama make them vote? How would American politics change if more young people, single women, poor white people, African-Americans and Latino's would start voting? And would it increase the chances for a Democratic victory in 2008? The journey from the East Coast, through the Midwest, the Old South and the New West will end at the studio of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. Because who better than the woman who made America read again, took on the fight against fattening hamburgers, has left no social issue undiscussed in her talkshow and can make any product she favors into a booming success, who better than Oprah could get America's non-voters to go to the voting booth in 2008? While shooting the film it is announced that Oprah, for the first time in her career, will support a presidential candidate. But even if Barack Obama, despite Oprah's support, will not win the primaries from Hillary Clinton, there still lies an important task for Oprah. In the hope of an all-American Disney-like happy end, director Kasper Verkaik knocks on the door of Oprah's studio to ask her in a hand-written letter to become America's ultimate motivoter.moreless
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