With Election Day looming, there is a tension in the air all across America that even a diligent disregarder of politics can’t help but feel. The heated presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, with its bottomless negativity and relentless fear-mongering, has brought the tension to new heights, but, in truth, America now exists in a perpetual state of hyper-partisan apoplexy, and has for all of the 21st Century.
It is this worrisome state of the union that the film Split: A Deeper Divide explores. Created by Kelly Nyks and Jared Scott, Split bills itself as an “investigation into the partisanship paralyzing our politics, going beyond the bitter rancor to reveal the truth of why our country is more polarized and our politics more gridlocked than at any other time in recent memory.” It features interviews with figures from both sides of the ideological divide, including Republican and former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel, former SNL cast member turned liberal senator from Minnesota Al Franken, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, and the category-defying polymath Noam Chomsky.
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With Election Day upon us and political sentiment at a fever pitch, Wynwood theater O Cinema is screening Split at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night. The 72-minute documentary will precede a panel discussion moderated by filmmaker Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys, The U) and featuring the Miami Herald’s Glenn Garvin and Mark Caputo and WLRN’s Kenny Malone.
For more information on the one-time screening, visit O Cinema’s website.