For the past year we have been subjected to constant political bombardment. With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, there is finally, thankfully, an end in sight. Like every presidential election, artists are using their talents to sway voters to the left or to the right. But Filipino born filmmaker Bryan Alano and a team of other photographers and poets have chimed in at the last minute with a reasonable and artistic project that serves as a last request to voters.
The project, bluntly titled #VOTEFORWHATISRIGHT, uses original poetry and monochromatic stills to urge Americans to vote their conscience and to fight against the magnetic pull towards cynicism this November. The film’s verse and imagery, while liberal in tone, doesn’t promote any candidate in particular. Instead, the film goads Americans to unite in conversation and empathy, two human acts not commonly associated with election months.
This Tuesday, November 8th, Americans will place their votes in the 58th quadrennial presidential election. As voters prepare to cast their ballot, Alano reminds us that each election's result is representative of the deeper societal zeitgeist. The film also reminds us that the election's affects cannot be limited to a four-year timeline.
It is hard work to progress but with every little step we make the world becomes a better place for the next generation. This election will be a defining moment in our nation so remember - it’s your heart, your vote.