Right America – Feeling Wronged

Right America - Feeling Wronged

On the day Barack Obama was elected the 44th President, more than 58 million voters cast their ballots for John McCain. In the months leading up to this historic election, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi took a road trip to meet some of the conservative Americans who waited in line for hours to support the GOP ticket, and saw their hopes and dreams evaporate in the wake of that Democratic victory. These voters share their feelings about the changing America in which they live.

For her fifth HBO project, Pelosi visited 28 states and spoke about the fight for the soul of the country with mostly conservative Americans, who feel underrepresented by the mainstream media. From the Pulpit Freedom Day in Bethlehem, Ga. to the NASCAR circuit, RIGHT AMERICA: FEELING WRONGED shows a country at war with itself over the religious and cultural identities that define America.

Many interviewees were particularly incensed by what they saw as a lack of any meaningful media attention given to their message during the election campaign – including their views on such hotly contested issues as gun control, abortion rights, religion and gay rights – and by a perceived media bias against McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.

Right America: Feeling Wronged

Right America: Feeling Wronged

A documentary by six-time Emmy nominee Alexandra Pelosi which immediately drew criticism and acclaim from predictable ends of the political spectrum. It’s no easy task following up films like The Trials of Ted Haggard and Friends of God, but this interesting, sometimes terrifying insight, does a pretty remarkable job of pointing out what’s right, wrong and downright kooky in middle America without taking any cheap shots.

This movie conspicuously lacks the nasty “gotcha documentary” feel of a Michael Moore or Bill Maher film, regardless of what you might hear from conservative commentators. Bill Maher isn’t on the hook to be fair and Michael Moore honestly has to pander a bit to his base. Pelosi doesn’t have it so easy.

In this film, Alexandra Pelosi (of the well known Pelosi’s… yes, those Pelosi’s) has to bend over backwards to just to paint a fair picture, if only because she shares the last name with her mother, the first female Democratic Speaker of the House. From the Republican standpoint, you could argue that the Pelosi surname is a double handicap, since it’s also synonymous with Democrat impotence in the house, on top of the hurdles it surely caused in the course of shooting the piece.