Transcript: The Drop: Why Young People Don't Vote | Oct 05, 2015

Kyle drives a car along a road. Dylan sits in the passenger seat. Dylan is in his twenties, clean-shaven and with wavy blond hair. He wears a white T-shirt, a black jacket and he holds a microphone.

He says “WE'VE BEEN TOLD
THE PRIME MINISTER ENTERS
THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT
FROM THE WEST END.
WE'RE GOING TO SEE IF WE
CAN INTERCEPT HIM
AND GET A COUPLE QUESTIONS IN.”
I'M SPEEDING TOWARDS THE
PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN OTTAWA,
HOPING TO INTERVIEW THE
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA,
THE MOST POWERFUL MAN
IN OUR COUNTRY.
I WANT TO HEAR WHAT
HE HAS TO SAY
ABOUT WHY YOUNG
PEOPLE DON'T VOTE
BUT I'VE NEVER INTERVIEWED
ANYONE IN MY LIFE!

Kyle says YOU GOTTA RATTLE HIM.
YOU GOTTA JUST ASK
HIM REALLY DIRECTLY,
“WHY AREN'T YOUNG PEOPLE VOTING?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?”

Dylan says YOU WANT ME TO
BULL-RUSH THE PRIME MINISTER?

Kyle says A LITTLE BIT, YEAH.

He climbs up the steps to the Canadian Parliament building.

Dylan says HOW DID I GET HERE?

The tittle “The Drop. Why Young People Don’t Vote” appears on screen.

The caption “Vancouver” appears on screen.

A fast clip shows images of a ribbon cutting ceremony. People applaud and cheer outside a building while holding Christy Clark banners.

Dylan says MY NAME IS DYLAN PLAYFAIR.
THE 2013 PROVINCIAL ELECTION
WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE
I WAS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.
I WAS 20 YEARS OLD
AND WORKING IN THE FILM
AND TELEVISION BUSINESS.
MOST CANADIANS MY AGE
SIMPLY DON'T VOTE.
THEY'LL SAY THEY
JUST DON'T CARE,
OR IT WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
I WANTED TO FIGHT
THAT STEREOTYPE.
IT SEEMED LIKE A PERSONAL
RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY ATTENTION
TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE
LOOKING TO BECOME OUR LEADERS.

Fast clips show images of young Canadians in outdoorsy activities.

Adrian Dix is on a stand, giving a speech under the motto “Change for the Better.”

He’s in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with very short brown hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, white shirt and a patterned salmon tie.

He says CHANGE
FOR THE BETTER,
ONE PRACTICAL STEP AT A TIME!
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan says
I DEVOURED THE DAILY NEWS,
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH
CANDIDATE I LIKED BEST.
WHO WAS LOOKING OUT
FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS?

Candidate Christy Clark gives a press conference. She’s in her mid-forties with short brown hair with bangs and highlights. She wears a gray blazer and a powder blue shirt.

She says DO WE
WANT TAXES TO GO DOWN?
DO WE WANT TAXES TO GO UP?
HOW'S HE GONNA PAY
FOR THREE BILLION DOLLARS
IN OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING?

Dylan says BUT POLITICIANS ALWAYS
SEEMED MORE INTERESTED
IN PICKING FIGHTS
WITH ONE ANOTHER
THAN TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES.

Dix says WHAT THE PREMIER JUST
SAID JUST ISN'T TRUE.
SO I KNOW THAT JUST BECAUSE THE
PREMIER REPEATS IT ALL THE TIME,
DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE.

Dylan says I UNDERSTOOD WHY MY
FELLOW MILLENNIALS COULD BE
SO DISILLUSIONED BY
THE VOTING PROCESS.
BUT STILL, WITH STUDENT
DEBT AT AN ALL TIME HIGH,
THE ENVIRONMENT
CRUMBLING AROUND US
AND WAY FEWER JOB PROSPECTS
TODAY THAN OUR PARENTS HAD,
SHOULDN'T POLITICS
MATTER TO MY GENERATION?
WE COULD CHANGE THE
CONVERSATION IF WE REALLY
WANTED TO.

David Eby gives a speech. He’s in his early forties with short brown hair. He wears a blue suit, blue shirt and tartan tie.

David says WE
WILL GOVERN IN A WAY
TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE
COMMUNITIES WHERE WE COME FROM.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan says SO I STARTED WORKING
WITH MY FRIENDS ON A FILM
THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
ABOUT THE YOUTH PERSPECTIVE
ON THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
BUT WHEN WE BROUGHT OUR
CAMERAS TO UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
TO TALK TO STUDENTS...

Kyle interviews some students on university campuses.

Kyle says DO YOU KNOW ABOUT
THE ELECTION COMING UP,
ARE YOU AWARE?

Male student number 1 says UH, THE
STUDENT ELECTION?
OR THE PROVINCIAL?

Kyle says SO YOU ARE
AWARE OF THE ELECTION?

Male student number 1 says YES.

Kyle says WONDERFUL, DO YOU
HAVE A PLAN TO VOTE?

Male student number 1 says UM, NOT AS OF YET.
I STILL HAVE TO LOOK
INTO WHAT'S HAPPENING.

Female student number one says I ACTUALLY
THINK I'VE NEVER VOTED.
YEAH...
NO... [LAUGHS]

Kyle says DO YOU HAVE A SECOND?
WE WERE JUST WONDERING IF
YOU WERE PLANNING ON VOTING,
IF YOU KNEW THERE WAS
AN ELECTION COMING UP?

Female student number 2 says ...NO.
WAIT SORRY FOR WHAT?
IS IT ON A SCHOOL LEVEL?

Kyle says NO, THERE'S A
PROVINCIAL ELECTION.

Kyle says I WAS LITERALLY GETTING
BLANK STARES FROM PEOPLE.
MOST OF THE STUDENTS I SPOKE
TO DIDN'T SEEM TO KNOW OR CARE
THERE WAS AN ELECTION GOING ON.

Kyle says SO I GUESS YOU'RE
NOT PLANNING ON VOTING?

Female student number 3 giggles and says NO.

Kyle says ARE YOU GUYS VOTING
IN THE NEXT ELECTION?
STUDENT: IN THE WHAT?

Kyle says THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.

Female student number 4 says MMM. NO.

Kyle says WHAT DOES THAT SAY
ABOUT MY GENERATION?
LIVING UP TO OUR REPUTATION
AS SPOILED BRATS, JUST
LOOKING FOR THE NEXT PARTY?

Fast clips show images of youngsters having a good time at a club.

Kyle says ON ELECTION DAY IN BC,
WHILE 62 PERCENT OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS
OVER 30 SHOWED UP AT THE POLLS,
LESS THAN 40 PERCENT UNDER
30 CAME OUT TO VOTE.
A crowd applauds and cheers for Christy Clark as they chant FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

Kyle says BUT IT'S BIGGER THAN
JUST BRITISH COLUMBIA.
THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA,
THE YOUTH VOTE
HAS BEEN DROPPING STEADILY
OVER THE PAST FOUR DECADES.
IN THE LAST CANADIAN
FEDERAL ELECTION
JUST 36 PERCENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE
CAME OUT TO VOTE, COMPARED
TO 70 PERCENT OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS
OVER THE AGE OF 30.
AN ELECTION THAT LED
THE CONSERVATIVES
AND THEIR PARTY LEADER,
STEPHEN HARPER,
TO THE FIRST MAJORITY
GOVERNMENT IN 11 YEARS.

A chart on a news clip reads “Conservative Majority Government. Conservatives: 166. N.D.P: 103. Liberals: 34. B.Q: 4. Others: 1.”

A fast clip shows Stephen Harper giving his acceptance speech.

Harper is in his early fifties, clean-shaven and with short graying hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, white shirt and pale blue tie.

He says WE ARE GRATEFUL, DEEPLY
HONOURED IN FACT, HUMBLED,
BY THE DECISIVE ENDORSEMENT
OF SO MANY CANADIANS.

Fast clips show young people participating in violent protests.

Dylan says OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS,
WE HAVE SEEN YOUNG PEOPLE
FIGHTING TO THE DEATH
FOR THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE.
WHETHER IT'S THE ARAB
SPRING IN THE MIDDLE EAST
OR THE UPRISINGS IN UKRAINE
OR HONG KONG
IT HAS TAKEN ACTS OF HEROISM
FROM YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING
IN OPPRESSIVE REGIMES TO HAVE
A CHANCE AT DEMOCRACY.
BUT IN CANADA, LIFE IS
PRETTY GOOD FOR A LOT OF US.
WE TAKE OUR DEMOCRACY
FOR GRANTED.

Fast clips show images of young Canadians engaging in leisure activities.

Kyle says WHAT'S YOUR
FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

A young man says SNOWBOARD.
HANG OUT WITH MY FRIENDS.
SMOKE WEED.

Another young man says I DON'T HAVE
ANY SPECIFIC GOALS IN MIND,
OTHER THAN TO STAY
HAPPY AND KEEP IT REAL.

Dylan says BUT WHY THE DROP IN
NUMBERS IN YOUNG VOTERS?
WHAT WILL IT TAKE
TO GET THEM BACK?
I DECIDED TO HIT THE ROAD TO
TRY AND FIND SOME ANSWERS.
I MEET BERNARD RUDNEY, A
RESEARCHER WHO HAS DONE
EXTENSIVE ANALYSIS OF VOTING
PATTERNS IN CANADA AND THE US.
HE'S ALSO MANAGED A NUMBER OF
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS HIMSELF.

Rudney is in his thirties, clean shaven and with short brown hair. He wears jeans, a flannel shirt and a dark jacket.

He says BACK IN THE SIXTIES,
EVERY TIME THERE WAS AN ELECTION
ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF PEOPLE COULD
COME OUT AND CAST A VOTE,
SOMETIMES IN THE HIGH SEVENTIES.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE LAST
ELECTION WE HAD, IT WAS 61 PERCENT.
IT'S A PRETTY BIG DROP.
BUT WHAT'S REALLY STARTLING
ABOUT IT IS THAT'S BEING DRIVEN
ALMOST ENTIRELY BY YOUNG PEOPLE.

Dylan says OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS,
YOUNG VOTERS HAVE STAYED AWAY
FROM THE POLLS IN GREATER
AND GREATER NUMBERS.
MEANWHILE, VOTERS OVER THE AGE
OF 35 HAVE CONTINUED TO SHOW UP.
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, OUR
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
HAVE BECOME THE DECIDERS
DURING ELECTION TIME.

An illustration portraying this appears on screen.

Dylan says SO IT'S A DOWNWARD
SPIRAL AND A SMALLER SECTION
OF THE POPULATION IS
ELECTING OUR LEADERS.

Rudney says EXACTLY.

Dylan says SO CAN YOU
WIN AN ELECTION
BY GOING AFTER YOUNG VOTERS?

Rudney says YEAH, WE HAVE EXAMPLES OF
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE IT,
AND THE BEST KNOWN IS PROBABLY
BARACK OBAMA IN THE US.

Obama gives a speech outside.

He says COLLEGE STUDENT
AFTER COLLEGE STUDENT,
AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE
COMING OUT IN RECORD NUMBERS.
WE HAD AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE
VOTING AS SENIOR CITIZENS,
THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE
ANNALS OF AMERICAN HISTORY,
BUT IT'S HAPPENING
IN THIS ELECTION.

Rudney says IF YOU LOOK AT IT,
TURN OUT WENT UP IN THE 2008
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE
2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
AND THEY DID IT BY BRINGING
NEW PEOPLE INTO THE FOLD.
THE OTHER WAY TO WIN
AN ELECTION IS TO SAY,
WELL I'M JUST GOING TO
FOCUS ON LIKELY VOTERS,
THE PEOPLE I ALREADY KNOW
ARE GOING TO SHOW UP,
AND TRY AND CONVINCE THEM.
AND MORE AND MORE,
THE TRUTH IS, YOUNG VOTERS
ARE NOT LIKELY VOTERS.
IN THE LAST FEDERAL ELECTION, 3
OUT OF 4 SENIORS SAY A POLITICAL
PARTY GOT IN TOUCH
WITH THEM ABOUT VOTING.
SO 3 OUT OF 4 GOT A KNOCK
ON THE DOOR, A PHONE CALL,
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
MOST PEOPLE UNDER 30 DIDN'T.
I DECIDE TO HEAD TO OTTAWA.
WHO BETTER TO TALK TO ON HOW
TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE VOTING
THAN THE PRIME
MINISTER OF CANADA?
PRIME MINISTER SINCE 2006.
BUT THE CONSERVATIVES RARELY GO
AFTER VOTERS IN MY AGE GROUP.
BUT OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES
ARE KEENLY INTERESTED
IN GETTING OUT THE YOUTH VOTE.
I FIND THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION N.D.P, THOMAS MULCAIR,
IN A SCRUM.

Dylan enters the Parliament building. He finds Mulcair in a press round.

A journalist says WHAT DOES IT MEAN
TO YOU THAT THEY'VE ASKED
1.2 MILLION TIMES FOR
INFORMATION ABOUT CANADIANS.

Mulcair says WELL, HERE WE FIND OUT
THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED
FOR ACCESS TO THE PERSONAL,
PRIVATE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
OF A MILLION CANADIANS.
IT'S AN ABOMINATION.

Dylan says MISTER MULCAIR WHY DO YOU
THINK IT IS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE
HAVE NOT BEEN SHOWING UP TO THE
POLLS IN THE LAST ELECTIONS.
THE YOUTH VOTE TURNOUT
IS EXTREMELY DISMAL,
WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

Mulcair says IT'S INTERESTING.
AT A TIME WHEN NEARLY TWO-THIRDS
OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ABOUT 64 PERCENT,
DIDN'T SHOW UP TO
VOTE IN AN ELECTION,
WE'RE LIVING WITH A
GOVERNMENT THAT IS DUMPING
THE LARGEST SOCIAL, ECONOMIC
AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT
INTO THEIR BACKPACKS.
WELL, THEY DON'T HAVE
TO ACCEPT THAT DEBT.
AND THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD
IS TO VOTE.

Dylan says IT'S STARTING TO
GET REALLY BUSY HERE NOW.
THE MEDIA, SEVERAL
MPS HAVE COME THROUGH.
OBVIOUSLY WE WANNA GET A
SHOT OF THE BIG DOG TRUDEAU,
AND P.M HARPER.
LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU
IS BANKING ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE
SHOWING UP TO THE POLLS
TO WIN HIS NEXT ELECTION.
IT'S A RISKY BET WHEN FEWER AND
FEWER YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TURNING
UP TO THE POLLS THESE DAYS.

Ian Waddell is in his sixties with short gray hair. He wears a blue shirt, blue jacket and an orange tie.

He says THIS IS DYLAN.

Justin Trudeau is in his late thirties, clean shaven and with short brown hair. He wears a black suit, white shirt and gingham tie.

He says HI DYLAN.

Dylan says COULD WE GET YOUR
OPINION AND WHY YOU THINK IT IS
THAT THE YOUTH VOTE
TURNOUT HAS BEEN SO DISMAL
IN THE LAST COUPLE OF ELECTIONS?

Trudeau says WELL, WHEN YOU
LOOK AT THE YOUNG PEOPLE,
THEY'RE MORE INVOLVED,
MORE AWARE OF WHAT'S
GOING ON IN THE WORLD,
WHETHER IT'S IN
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
OR BIG SINGLE ISSUE CAUSES.
YOUNG PEOPLE GET A REPUTATION
FOR BEING APATHETIC BUT IT'S
USUALLY THE FACT THAT THEY'RE
FRUSTRATED THAT THEY DON'T GET
TO MAKE THEMSELVES HEARD AND
DON'T GET TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
THAT MAKES THEM SO ANGRY.
SO, FOR ME, YOUNG PEOPLE NOT
VOTING IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH
YOUNG PEOPLE, IT'S A PROBLEM
WITH POLITICS ITSELF.

Dylan says THANKS, I
REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

Dylan says THAT WAS COOL, HIS
CONFIDENCE GAVE ME CONFIDENCE,
I LIKE THAT.

Fiddle music plays.

Dylan goes to a parking lot by the Parliament building.

Dylan says WE'VE BEEN TOLD THE PRIME
MINISTER IS GOING TO BE HERE
IN ABOUT 4 MINUTES, WE'RE
GOING TO TRY AND STOP HIM
FOR SOME QUESTIONS.
MAYBE SHOWING UP UNANNOUNCED
ISN'T THE BEST PLAN,
BUT NOW I'M HERE NOW SO
I'VE GOTTA MAKE A PLAY.

Dylan says MISTER HARPER, WHAT
ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO
WITH THE DECLINING YOUTH VOTE?

Harper waves at Dylan and enters the building quickly.

Dylan says WELL, THAT WAS IT.
[LAUGHS]
I NEED A NEW APPROACH.
FORGET TALKING TO POLITICIANS
ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE.
I NEED TO FIND A
BUNCH OF YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO WILL TALK TO
ME ABOUT POLITICS.
A PLACE THAT ATTRACTS
PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETHING
TO SAY ABOUT THE WORLD AND
IDEAS ON HOW TO CHANGE IT.
WITH MAYBE A FEW DANCE
PARTIES THROWN IN
FOR INSPIRATION.

An animated map shows a plane flying to Nevada.

Dylan says THIS IS BURNING MAN.
WE'RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME NOW.
BURNING MAN IS AN ARTS AND
CULTURAL EVENT THAT INVADES
THE DUSTY NEVADA DESERT
EVERY SUMMER.
FOR ONE WEEK, THE DESERT'S
POPULATION SWELLS
TO 60 THOUSAND PEOPLE...
...AND OVER 40 PERCENT ARE
PEOPLE AROUND MY AGE.

Lots of caravans park in the dessert, people ride bikes in costumes and swing on swing sets.

A young man says THAT'S WHY BURNING MAN IS
SUCH A GREAT THING.
THERE IS THIS MANY
PEOPLE COME TOGETHER,
WHY CAN'T THIS BE
OUR WORLD, YOU KNOW?

(music plays)

Dylan says I MEET 24
YEAR-OLD BRYAN BOSEN,
A LONG-TIME FESTIVAL GOER,
OR “BURNER,” AS THEY'RE CALLED.
HE'S PASSIONATE
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
AND WHAT IT MEANS
TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

Bryan has wavy blond hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears a striped overall, a multi-coloured V-neck T-shirt, a fur collar vest, a paper boy hat, orange, hart-shaped shades and a medallion.

Dylan says WHAT IS THIS PLACE?

Bryan says THIS PLACE,
BEYOND ANYTHING ELSE,
IS A CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE.
IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR 25 YEARS,
THIS IS GOING DOWN IN HISTORY.
BEHIND THIS WHOLE PARTY SCENE,
PARTY LIFESTYLE, AND ALL THIS,
THERE'S AN ENTIRE MASSIVE GROUP
OF PEOPLE THERE WITH VOICES
AND OPINIONS THAT ARE BEING
EXPRESSED HERE SO THOROUGHLY.

Dylan says YES, BURNING MAN
IS A PARTY,
BUT IT'S ALSO FULL OF PEOPLE
WHO ARE POLITICALLY ENGAGED
IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

A female festival goer says I THINK VOTING LOCALLY IS
THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A CHANGE.

A male festival goer says I DON'T KNOW THAT I THINK
MY INDIVIDUAL VOTE MAKES A
DIFFERENCE BUT I THINK THE FACT
THAT I VOTE AND I TALK TO PEOPLE
I KNOW ABOUT VOTING AND THAT
BEING IMPORTANT POTENTIALLY
MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

Another woman says I THINK THAT
IT'S AN AMAZING RIGHT THAT WE
HAVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES
AND WE NEED TO EXERCISE IT.

Dylan says BUT EVEN HERE THERE ARE
LARGE NUMBERS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO ARE COMPLETELY TURNED OFF
BY THE VOTING PROCESS.

(music plays)

Another male goer says EVERY TIME I VOTE FOR
WHO I BELIEVE IS THE STRONGEST
CANDIDATE FOR CHANGE,
NOTHING EVER CHANGES.

A third young man says I REALLY HAVEN'T VOTED,
I DON'T SEE THE POINT.
THEY'RE GOING TO DO WHAT
THEY DO AND I FEEL THAT
THE BANKING INSTITUTIONS
REALLY OWN THE SHOW.

A third young woman says WHY DO I HAVE TO VOTE
FOR SOMEONE I DON'T BELIEVE IN,
OR I DON'T WANT?

A fourth man says WE'RE DEALING WITH A
LOT OF TYRANNY IN THIS WORLD,
SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT
TO DROP OUT, MAKE ART,
MUSIC, BE LOVED, BE CREATIVE.
THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING
TO BEAT THE SYSTEM.
NOT BY VOTING.

Live art expressions such as burning sculptures appear on screen.

Dylan says I MEET ONE WOMAN
WHO'S ON THE FENCE

A woman with ski goggles and a scarf covering her mouth says I HAVE VOTED
I MEAN I VOTED IN
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS SINCE I
COULD, AND I FEEL LIKE ON ONE
HAND IT'S A BIT OF A DOG AND
PONY SHOW AND IT DOESN'T REALLY
FEEL LIKE THE PEOPLE'S VOTES
HAVE AS MUCH OF A
SAY AS THEY SHOULD,
BUT I DON'T THINK THAT YOU CAN
FIX SOMETHING BY DOING NOTHING
ABOUT IT, AND I DON'T THINK YOU
CAN JUSTIFY COMPLAINING ABOUT
SOMETHING IF YOU DON'T TRY
TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
I HOPE TO DO MORE
THAN JUST VOTE.

Attendees enjoy a fireworks display as they contemplate a tower high steel structure depicting a man go down in flames.

Dylan says WHEN THE FINAL NIGHT OF
THE FESTIVAL ARRIVES,
A RITUAL BEGINS.
THIS IS THE BURNING MAN.
IT'S BEEN A REAL TRIP EXPANDING
MY MIND IN THE DESERT,
BUT THE IDEAS I'VE HEARD
HERE CAN ONLY GIVE ME PART
OF THE ANSWER I AM LOOKING FOR.

(music plays)

The animated map now shows the plane flying from Nevada to back to the east coast.

Dylan says I WANT TO MEET YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN
THE POLITICAL PROCESS.
[MEDIA PERSONNEL
CHEER AND SHOUT]
TORONTO'S RACE FOR MAYOR
HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST
HIGH-PROFILE ELECTIONS
IN CANADIAN HISTORY.

Olivia Chow says IS
GOING TO BE A HUGE NUMBER
OF PEOPLE VOTING.

A member of the press says MISTER MAYOR,
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY TO
THE PUBLIC TODAY?

Dylan says
THAT'S BECAUSE OF ROB FORD.
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE
OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOUR FROM
TORONTO MAYOR HAS MADE THE
CITY THE BUTT OF MANY JOKES.

Rob Ford is in his fifties, clean-shaven and with short blond hair. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

He says YES I
HAVE SMOKED CRACK COCAINE.

Dylan says THE GUY JUST COULDN'T
SEEM TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.

Ford says I MIGHT HAVE HAD
SOME DRINKS AND DRIVEN.

Then he says GET OFF MY PROPERTY!
THANK YOU!

Then he says I'M HAPPILY MARRIED,
I'VE GOT MORE THAN
ENOUGH TO EAT AT HOME.

Dylan says DESPITE THE SCANDALS,
ROB FORD STILL HAS A DEDICATED
FOLLOWING
AMONG LOCALS
WHO HAVE COME TO BE
KNOWN AS FORD NATION.

A man on the street holds a banner that reads “Ford Mayor. Respect for taxpayers” and shouts VOTE FOR FORD!
YOU CAN BE A PROUD
CANADIAN TOMORROW!
YES BROTHER YEAH!

Dylan says BUT DUE TO
HEALTH PROBLEMS,
ROB HAD TO HAND THE CANDIDACY
OVER TO HIS BROTHER, DOUG,
IN THE FINAL WEEKS
OF THE ELECTION,
CONTINUING THE THREE-WAY RACE
BETWEEN FORD AND HIS OPPONENTS,
OLIVIA CHOW AND JOHN TORY.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan enters a convention room.

Dylan says I SHOW UP JUST
DAYS BEFORE VOTING DAY,
WONDERING IF THE MEDIA
CIRCUS AROUND THIS ELECTION
IS ATTRACTING MORE
PEOPLE MY AGE.
[INDISTINCT SPEECH]
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan says IT'S PACKED IN THERE.

Olivia Chow is in her late forties with chin-length straight black hair with bangs. She wears glasses, a purple suit and a white blouse.

She says I WAS GOING TO DO
MY PART WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
FOR OTHER PEOPLE.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]
AND THAT, MY FRIENDS,
IS THE QUESTION
WE HAVE BEEN ASKING
THIS WHOLE CAMPAIGN.
WHAT CAN WE DO WITH EACH OTHER,

The audience joins Chow and says FOR EACH OTHER?
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

The audience chants OLIVIA OLIVIA OLIVIA!

Dylan says THIS IS A
BIT OF A CIRCUS.
I GOTTA SAY, POLITICS
ARE EXCITING,
IT'S A TOTAL
ROCKSTAR-ENERGY MAN,
I UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE
GET ADDICTED TO THIS STUFF.
IT'S CRAZY, IT'S
LIKE A SPORTS TEAM.
IT'S A TOTAL EVENT.

(music plays)

Chow greets people from the audience.

Dylan says WE'RE LOOKING TO FIND
OUT HOW IT IS YOU ENGAGED
THE YOUNG PEOPLE
IN THIS ELECTION,
HOW YOU'VE GONE AFTER
THE YOUTH VOTE.

Chow says WELL, THROUGH BEING AT
ALL THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES,
UNIVERSITIES, AND ALSO HAVING
A VERY CLEAR PROGRAM
THAT TALKED ABOUT INVESTING IN
JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE,
AND THROUGH TWITTER AND
ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA.
[INDISTINCT REPORTER QUESTION]

Dylan says JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY THE WORDS
“TWITTER” AND “FACEBOOK.”
DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN
YOU ARE SUDDENLY IN TOUCH
WITH YOUNG VOTERS.

Jennifer Hollett is in her early thirties, with shoulder-length straight red hair. She wears a cobalt blue shirt and a coral cardigan.

Jennifer says LET'S BE REAL, MOST CAMPAIGNS
AREN'T INTERESTED IN
ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE.

Dylan says JENNIFER HOLLETT IS A
POLITICAL STRATEGIST
WHO'S HEADING UP OLIVIA
CHOW'S ONLINE CAMPAIGN.

Jennifer says WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO
WAS USE DIGITAL STRATEGICALLY.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE
GROWING UP WITH APPS,
THEY'RE GROWING UP TEXTING,
THEY'RE TURNING TO SOCIAL MEDIA
FOR THEIR NEWS.
THIS IS THE LANGUAGE
THAT THEY SPEAK.
YOU CAN'T WIN AN
ELECTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
BUT YOU CAN GET YOUR MESSAGE
OUT, IT CAN ENGAGE PEOPLE,
IT CAN BRING IN VOLUNTEERS.
WE HAD OVER 9000
VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE CITY,
AND THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO
WERE VOLUNTEERING ON OLIVIA'S
CAMPAIGN CAME IN
THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.

Dylan says I TRACKED DOWN JOHN TORY
TO SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY
ABOUT GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE
INVOLVED IN CITY POLITICS.

John Tory talks with the media outside a building. He is in his early fifties with short graying hair. He wears a blue suit and pale blue shirt.

Dylan says DO YOU THINK THE
NON-VOTING YOUTH IS A PROBLEM
FOR SOCIETY AT LARGE?

Tory says WELL I THINK IT'S OUR
JOB, PEOPLE WHO ARE A BIT OLDER,
TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE
IN THE SYSTEM,
AND HAVE PEOPLE OF
ALL AGES RECOGNIZE
AND RESPECT THE FACT
THAT IT MEANS A LOT.

Dylan says A NICE ANSWER,
BUT I'M STILL NOT CONVINCED
THE YOUTH VOTE IS A HIGH
PRIORITY FOR JOHN TORY.
IF I WERE TO CLOSE MY
EYES AND IMAGINE A POLITICIAN
IN MY HEAD, JOHN TORY WOULD BE
THE FIRST GUY THAT POPPED UP.

(music plays)
THAT SAME DAY, I FIND
DOUG FORD CAMPAIGNING
AT A PUBLIC HOUSING BUILDING.

Doug Ford is in his fifties, clean-shaven and with short gray hair. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and purple tie.

Doug Ford says HOW ARE YOU?

Dylan says GOOD, GOOD TO SEE YOU.
WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS DONE
WITH ENGAGING THE
YOUTH POPULATION?

Doug Ford says WELL, WE'VE BEEN
DOING IT FOR FOUR YEARS,
ROB'S BEEN DOING IT FOR FOURTEEN
YEARS, REACHING OUT TO THEM,
STARTING PROGRAMS,
HELPING THEM OUT.
WE KNOW OUR POLLING NUMBERS
HAVE BEEN SKYROCKETING
IN BETWEEN 18 AND 24.
I HAVE FOUR GIRLS BETWEEN
THOSE AGES, 18 AND 24,
I UNDERSTAND THEM.
I GET IT.

Dylan says THE FORD CAMPAIGN
INTRODUCES ME TO A 19 YEAR-OLD
CAMPAIGN WORKER, MATT SARACINO.

Matt has very short brown hair, a soul patch and tattooed arms. He wears a white T-shirt.

Matt says I GREW UP IN A
POVERTY NEIGHBOURHOOD,
WHERE THERE WASN'T
MUCH GRASS TO PLAY ON.
I THOUGHT ABOUT WHERE
MY LIFE WAS HEADING,
WHERE DO I WANT TO TAKE IT?
THAT WOULD BE WHY I DECIDED
TO REALLY ENGAGE IN POLITICS.

Dylan says LIKE MANY
IN THE CAMPAIGN,
MATT ISN'T JUST A
SUPPORTER OF THE FORDS,
HE'S A SUPERFAN.

He has a wall full of pictures of politicians in his bedroom.

Matt says THIS ONE WAS KIND OF
THE TRANSFER OVER TO DOUG,
WHEN DOUG TOOK OVER FOR ROB
WHEN ROB PASSED THE TORCH.
WHEN I JOINED THIS
FORD CAMPAIGN,
WHAT I WAS WATCHING ON
TV BECAME REAL LIFE.
AND TO ME, I THOUGHT
THAT WAS THE COOLEST.
THE COOLEST OPPORTUNITY
IN THE WORLD.
THIS IS WHEN HE KISSED THE BABY.
IT WAS HILARIOUS, THEY
SCREAMED, 'KISS THE BABY!'
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE
PICTURES IS RIGHT HERE.
“MAYOR FORD RESPECTS THE
TAXPAYER AND WE RESPECT HIM.”
YOU KNOW, THAT SAYS
IT ALL FOR ITSELF.
SEE, ROB AND DOUG, THEY TRY
TO GIVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.
YOU KNOW, TO BE SOMEBODY
IN LIFE AND TO MAKE
YOU FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.

Dylan says BUT AS
DEDICATED AS MATT IS,
THERE'S ONE YOUNG WOMAN IN
TORONTO WHOSE PASSION
FOR CITY POLITICS IS
PRETTY HARD TO TOP.

Morgan Baskin is in her late teens, with long blond hair in a high bun. She wears a V-neck black and white sweater.

He says TORONTO POLITICS HAS
BEEN A LITTLE FRUSTRATING
IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.
AND I WAS AT A PLACE WHERE
I FELT THAT THERE WERE A LOT
DECISIONS THAT WERE BEING MADE
THAT WEREN'T INCLUDING THE
VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
THAT I HAD TO LIVE WITH CHOICES
THAT WERE BEING MADE FOR ME.
AND I HAD TO PAY FOR CHOICES
THAT WERE BEING MADE FOR ME.
I WASN'T REALLY COOL WITH THAT.

Dylan says MORGAN BASKIN IS
CHANNELLING HER FRUSTRATION
INTO ACTION.
LAST SPRING, WHILE STILL
FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL,
MORGAN USED SOME BABYSITTING
MONEY SHE'D SAVED UP TO ENTER
HER NAME IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR.

Morgan says THE REASON WHY I GOT
INVOLVED IN THE ELECTIONS WAS
BECAUSE I THOUGHT YOUNG
PEOPLE NEEDED TO HAVE A VOICE
WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING
MUNICIPAL DECISIONS.
WE THINK EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT,
WE THINK TUITION COSTS ARE
IMPORTANT, WE THINK
HOUSING IS IMPORTANT,
AND WE THINK CAREERS INSTEAD
OF JUST JOBS ARE IMPORTANT.

Morgan chats with another young woman while they take a stroll on the street.

Morgan says SO WE'VE
GOTTA GO MEET CHELSEA,
BECAUSE SHE DRIVES
AND SHE HAS A CAR,
THEN WE'RE GONNA GO OUT TO
MISSISSAUGA AND PICK UP THE
SIGNS AND THEN HOPEFULLY
TODAY FIND TIME
TO DELIVER A WHOLE
BUNCH OF THE SIGNS.

The other young woman says ALRIGHT, LET'S DO IT.

They enter a coffee shop.

Morgan says HI, WOULD YOU MIND
IF LEFT SOME FLYERS HERE?

A woman behind the counter says I WOULD LOVE YOU TO
LEAVE FLYERS HERE, OF COURSE.

Morgan says I'VE ALWAYS
BEEN INTO BIG PROJECTS,
I WAS ALWAYS THAT GIRL IN ART
CLASS THAT ALWAYS SAID HOW FAR
CAN I PUSH THE BOUNDARIES
OF THIS ASSIGNMENT.
I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT,
MAYBE, WHAT COULD I DO HERE?
MAYBE I COULD RUN FOR MAYOR.

Morgan says to Dylan I DID THIS FOR ME AND I
DID THIS FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF
TORONTO, BUT BEING ABLE TO
INSPIRE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE,
AND TO HELP OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE
THAT THEIR DREAM OF POLITICS
WAS POSSIBLE, THAT'S
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY.

Morgan says SO I SIGNED UP AND I
TWEETED OUT A SELFIE WITH THE
ELECTIONS TORONTO SIGN, AND
ABOUT A WEEK LATER I WAS DOING
12 HOUR MEDIA DAYS.

She sits in a studio with a female interviewer.

The host says YOU DECIDE
TO DO THIS, WHY?

Morgan says BECAUSE YOUTH
WEREN'T BEING INCLUDED
IN THE DISCUSSION.

Dylan says WHETHER IT'S HER
AGE OR HER POLITICS,
MORGAN HAS BECOME A MEDIA
DARLING DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

Several screenshots of Morgan on different online media outlets appear on screen.

The host says POLITICS
IS A BLOOD SPORT,
AND YOU'VE HAD SOME
NEGATIVE CRITICISM, RIGHT?

Morgan says I HAVE.
JUST PEOPLE NOT REALLY HAVING
ANY ISSUE WITH MY POLITICS,
IF THEY'VE EVEN LOOKED AT
THAT, BUT IMMEDIATELY 'SHE'S
INEXPERIENCED, SHE'S ONLY
18,' WHAT DOES SHE KNOW,
IF YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT
ANYTHING OTHER THAN MY AGE,
AND THE FACT THAT I'M
AN 18 YEAR OLD GIRL,
WELL I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE
PAYING ATTENTION ENOUGH
TO POLITICS AS YOU SHOULD BE.

The host says WELL SAID.
YOU'RE STEPPING UP.

Morgan says to Dylan PEOPLE GOT ME ON
THOSE SHOWS TO, YOU KNOW,
'LOOK AT THE KITTEN,' BASICALLY.
PAT ME ON THE HEAD, PET
ME, BE LIKE 'OH LOOK AT IT,
IT'S SO CUTE.'
AND THEN I KEPT
SAYING SMART THINGS.
AND PEOPLE KEPT
PAYING ATTENTION,
AND I GOT MORE AND
MORE SERIOUS MEDIA.

Morgan sits in the studio of The Agenda, with Steve Paikin. Steve is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with curly brown hair.

Steve says IT COSTS, I THINK,
ABOUT A MILLION BUCKS
TO RUN FOR MAYOR.
I'M ASSUMING YOU DON'T
HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY.

Morgan says NOT AS OF YET, NO.
BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE
THAT, WHO CAN RAISE 1.3 MILLION
DOLLARS IN EIGHT MONTHS
IS
NOT
A REPRESENTATION
OF WHO LIVES HERE.

Dylan says DESPITE THE FINANCIAL
BARRIERS SHE'S ENCOUNTERED,
MORGAN IS GETTING ENOUGH
ATTENTION FROM THE PRESS,
TO LAND HER A SPOT AT AN
ARTS DEBATE
WITH THE THREE ELECTION
FRONT-RUNNERS.

Morgan says I JUST WANT TO
NOTE THAT DOUG FORD,
AS HE ANSWERS THIS QUESTION,
HAS VOTED AGAINST TIFF, AGO,
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY,
NATIONAL BALLET,
TORONTO SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA, CARIBANA,
PRIDE AND NOT TO MENTION--

The debate moderator says OKAY, OKAY!
IF YOU HAVE A RESPONSE
TO THAT QUESTION PLEASE.

Doug Ford says WELL I'LL RESPONSE
LATER ON ABOUT IT,
BUT I AM A STRONG BELIEVER
IN WORLD-CLASS CITIES.
[CROWD MURMUR]

Morgan is on a radio shows.

She says IT WAS REALLY INTENSE.
I WAS A 19 YEAR-OLD
BLONDE IN A DAD'S TIE.
IT'S A REALLY WEIRD MOMENT
AND
THAT DAY MY NAME WAS TRENDING
ON TWITTER IN CANADA.
THAT WAS A PRETTY BIG HIGH.

Dylan says TODAY IS ELECTION DAY.
AND THE CANDIDATES ARE HITTING
THE STREETS ONE LAST TIME,
HOPING TO GET VOTERS
ON THEIR SIDE.

Doug Ford hands out banners door to door.

He says HOW'S EVERYTHING?

A middle-aged woman says EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

Doug Ford says GOOD, WE NEED YOU TO
GO DOWN TO THE SCHOOL

The woman says OH YEAH, MY SON WILL
COME, WE'RE GOING AT 3.

Doug Ford says OH GOOD, GOD BLESS YOU.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Outside a building, people hold banners and cheer for John Tory.

Tory says TODAY'S THE DAY.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GO OUT
AND REGISTER YOUR VOTE
AND I HOPE PEOPLE DO THAT.

Dylan says OLIVIA CHOW SEEMS
TO ACTIVELY HAVE GONE
AFTER THE YOUTH VOTE.

Chow meets young people on the street.

A woman says YOU'RE TOTALLY
AN INSPIRATION FOR ME.
I THINK YOU'RE THE BEST.

Chow says THANK YOU!
THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Chow says to a reporter YOU KNOW THEY SAY THAT
YOUNG PEOPLE TEND NOT TO VOTE,
THAT'S NOT TRUE.
I'M FINDING RIGHT
IN THE CAMPUS THAT
ALL THESE YOUNG PEOPLE
ARE VOTING, RIGHT?
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan says LOOKING AT THE MOB OF
FANS AROUND OLIVIA CHOW,
THERE'S OBVIOUSLY YOUNG
PEOPLE IN THIS CITY
WITH A LOT OF PASSION
FOR POLITICS.

Morgan says HI, CAN I TALK
TO YOU FOR A SECOND?

A passer-by says SORRY, I'M IN A
HURRY THIS MORNING.

Morgan says NO PROBLEM, ALL GOOD.

Morgan says HI, CAN I TALK
TO YOU FOR A SECOND?

A middle-aged woman says I'VE
HEARD YOU'RE RUNNING FOR MAYOR,
BUT WE'VE ALREADY VOTED.
GOOD LUCK.

Morgan says THAT'S ALL RIGHT,
I'M GLAD YOU VOTED!

Dylan says DESPITE HOW UNIQUE
A CANDIDATE SHE IS,
IT HASN'T BEEN EASY TO BUILD
MOMENTUM FOR HER CAMPAIGN.

Morgan talks to a young couple passing by.

She says HI, CAN I TALK
TO YOU FOR A SECOND?

A young man says UHH, YEAH, WHY NOT?

Morgan says I'M RUNNING FOR MAYOR.
YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO BE INVOLVED
IN MAKING POLITICAL DECISIONS
ABOUT OUR FUTURE
SO, SO CHECK ME OUT.

She gives the man one of his banners.

The man says GOT IT, WILL DO.
The woman says GREAT! WELL GOOD LUCK.

Morgan says THANK YOU.

Morgan says THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE
WORST PART OF CAMPAIGNING.
THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME.

On the radio show, Morgan says THE LOWS WERE
ALWAYS BY MYSELF.
WHEN IT'S 2 AM AND I CAN'T
SLEEP BECAUSE I'M SO STRESSED,
AND I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP.
THOSE ARE THE LOWS.

(music plays)

Dylan says AS NIGHT
FALLS IN TORONTO,
MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
START SHOWING UP
AT THE POLLING STATIONS.
THERE'S DEFINITELY A
VIBE IN THE AIR
AND A BIG PART OF ME HOPES
YOUNG PEOPLE TURN OUT
IN A MAJOR WAY TONIGHT.

Matt says IT'S PRETTY
NERVE-WRACKING RIGHT NOW.
I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 10 O'CLOCK,
FOR THE RESULTS TO COME OUT.
IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS, I
GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED.
BUT HEY, THE BEST
MAN WILL WIN, RIGHT?
THAT'S WHAT WE DO THIS FOR.
THAT'S WHY WE VOTE.

Dylan says BUT WHEN THE
VOTES ARE CAST,
AND THE WINNER'S ANNOUNCED,
IT'S NOT THE CANDIDATE
MATT IS HOPING FOR.

The announcer says LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, MISTER JOHN TORY!
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Tory says WHAT A GREAT NIGHT
THIS IS FOR OUR CITY.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN,
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.
AND TONIGHT WE BEGIN THE
WORK OF BUILDING ONE TORONTO.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
DROWNING OUT SPEECH]

Chow says FRIENDS, OUR
CITY HAS A NEW MAYOR.
IT'S NOT THE RESULT
WE HAVE HOPED FOR...

Rob Ford says MY BROTHER DID AN
ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL JOB.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Doug Ford says OUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE
HERE FOR THIS GREAT CITY.
GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS
THE GREAT PEOPLE OF TORONTO.
THANK YOU.

Matt says UMM...
I FEEL DEVASTATED MAN.
IT'S A BIG SHOCKER YOU KNOW.
DOUG'S THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB
AND I GUESS THE RIGHT MAN DIDN'T
GET THE JOB, SO THAT'S JUST MY
OPINION, BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS.
IT'S OPENED MY
EYES SO MUCH MORE,
WHETHER IT'S WITH
THE FORDS AGAIN OR...
ME DECIDING TO DO
SOMETHING ON MY OWN.
I DEFINITELY WANT
TO STAY IN POLITICS.
AGAIN, WHAT
DOESN'T KILL US,
DEFINITELY MAKES US STRONGER.

Dylan says OUT OF THE 65 MAYORAL
CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT,
MORGAN CAME IN 8TH PLACE WITH
JUST OVER A THOUSAND VOTES.
SHE MANAGED TO MAKE A STATEMENT
ABOUT YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
IN CITY POLITICS.

On the radio shows, Morgan says OFTEN, WINNING VOTES
BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN
SOMEONE'S POLITICAL INTEGRITY,
AND I THINK THAT'S
REALLY UNFORTUNATE.
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO
STICK WITH WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
AND MAKE THOSE CHOICES
NO MATTER WHAT.
UMMM...
BUT
THAT'S NOT WHAT
WINS ELECTIONS.

Dylan says IF THERE'S A SILVER
LINING FOR MORGAN,
IT'S THAT COMPARED TO TORONTO'S
LAST MUNICIPAL ELECTION,
THE YOUTH VOTE INCREASED
BY ALMOST 10 PERCENT THIS YEAR.
[NIGHT AMBIENCE]

(music plays)
AFTER ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS
ELECTIONS IN CANADIAN HISTORY,
THERE'S AN ELECTION IN THE
U.S THAT'S MAKING HISTORY
FOR AN ENTIRELY
DIFFERENT REASON.

(music plays)

The animated map shows the plane flying to North Carolina.

A still reads “Thom Tillis: Killed equal pay legislation for women.”

Dylan says THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN THE
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ARE
ONLY DAYS AWAY AND THE RACE FOR
THE SENATE HAS ALREADY BECOME
THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS
POURED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
INTO THEIR CAMPAIGNS.
I WANT TO KNOW IF ALL
THIS CAMPAIGN SPENDING
IS GOING TO BRING MORE
YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE POLLS.

Dylan watches the news at his hotel room.

A female newscaster says WE WANT TO SHOW IS
IF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
IS SOMETHING WHOSE
TIME HAS COME.

Dylan says AS I UNPACK MY BAGS
AND LISTEN TO THE TV,
I HEAR ATTACK ADS
PLAY BACK TO BACK,
SOMETIMES 8 TO 10 IN A ROW.

TV ad 1 shows Senator Kay Hagan and President Barak Obama against a large clock.

The announcer says SENATOR KAY HAGAN IS
HAVING TROUBLE TELLING TIME.

The announcer for TV ad number 2 says TILLIS DOESN'T
UNDERSTAND WORKING WOMEN
HELP SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES.

The announcer for TV ad number 3 says KAY HAGAN SUPPORTS
PAINFUL LATE TERM ABORTIONS.

A male actor on TV ad number 4 says I KNOW WHAT
YOU'RE THINKING.
ANOTHER AD.
BUT HEAR ME OUT.

Dylan says IS THIS WHERE ALL
THE MONEY'S GOING?
PAYING FOR COMMERCIALS?
IT STARTS TO MAKE ME
FEEL A LITTLE SICK.
AND APPARENTLY I'M NOT ALONE.

Tappan Vickery is in her thirties with shoulder length wavy hazelnut hair. She wears a purple blouse and a blue cardigan.

She says SCARE TACTIC MEDIA.
IT TURNS OFF THE YOUTH VOTE.
THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT.

Dylan says TAPPAN VICKERY IS AN
ACTIVIST WITH HEADCOUNT,
AN ORGANIZATION THAT STAGES
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT CONCERTS
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

Tappan says I CAN'T EVEN GO ON TO
CHECK MY FACEBOOK OR ANY OTHER
FORM OF MEDIA WITHOUT GETTING
BOMBARDED BY POLITICAL ADS,
AND YOU KNOW I'M
A DECIDED VOTER.
[LAUGHS]
THEY'RE WASTING THEIR EFFORTS ON
ME AND IT'S TURNING ME OFF
FROM THE PROCESS, AND I'M AN
ACTIVIST IF YOU WILL.

Dylan says ANOTHER ELECTION ISSUED IN
NORTH CAROLINA CENTERS AROUND
REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATORS'
CLAIMS OF RAMPANT VOTER FRAUD,
EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO
EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEM.
REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING FOR NEW
LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE IT
HARDER FOR CERTAIN GROUPS
TO VOTE, INCLUDING STUDENTS.
STUDENT IDS WILL NO LONGER
BE VALID AT POLLING STATIONS.
SAME DAY REGISTRATION
WILL BE ELIMINATED
AND EARLY VOTING DAYS
HAVE BEEN REDUCED,
DESPITE THE FACT MANY STUDENTS
TRADITIONALLY VOTE EARLY.

Tappan says THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT
PARTS OF THE LAW RANGING FROM
HOW YOU REGISTER TO VOTE,
IF YOU'RE A STUDENT,
IF YOU CAN USE A
STUDENT ID TO VOTE,
IF YOU SHOULD BE
VOTING ABSENTEE,
WHERE YOU CAN VOTE ON CAMPUS.
THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES
THAT DEFINITELY RESTRICT
AND LIMIT THE YOUTH VOTE.

Dylan says THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY.
THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY AT ALL.

Images of a service at a congregation appear on screen.

Reverend William Barber is in his late forties, with short curly black hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears clergy attire.

Barber says YOU'VE MESSED
WITH THE RIGHT TO VOTE,
IT'S ALLOWING PEOPLE
TO GO IN AND DESECRATE
NOT JUST THE MEMORY
OF BLACK PEOPLE,
THE MEMORY OF WHITE
PEOPLE WHO DIED,
AND LABOUR LEADERS WHO DIED,
AND FAITH LEADERS WHO DIED,
AND CATHOLICS, AND JEWS, AND
PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED AND BLED.

The attendees cheer in agreement.

Dylan says IN NORTH CAROLINA,
IT'S NOT JUST STUDENTS
THAT ARE BEING AFFECTED
BY THIS LEGISLATION.
MANY, LIKE REVEREND
WILLIAM BARBER,
ARE CONVINCED THAT
LIMITING EARLY VOTING DAYS
AND SAME DAY REGISTRATION IS
GOING TO HAVE A SERIOUS IMPACT
ON THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTE.

Barber says THESE ARE
CRITICAL TIMES.
IF WE EVER NEEDED TO VOTE,
IF WE EVER NEEDED
A MORAL MARCH TO VOTE,
WE SURE DO NEED IT NOW.

Old footage shows images of civil right protests.

Dylan says IT'S ONLY BEEN FIFTY
YEARS SINCE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE
WAS ENTRENCHED IN LAW AFTER
YEARS OF CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTS.
THE REVEREND IS WORRIED THE
NEWLY PROPOSED LAWS WILL
UNDERMINE HIS COMMUNITY'S
NUMBERS AT THE POLLS.

Barber says I DON'T KNOW
WHO'S COMING TO THE POLL,
BUT I KNOW THIS: WE
BETTER THE HELL SHOW UP,
BECAUSE WE CANNOT SIT OUT NOW!
[APPLAUSE]

(music plays)

Dylan says IT'S ELECTION DAY
IN NORTH CAROLINA.
I WANDER AROUND RALEIGH LOOKING
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE
INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGNING.

(music plays)
[KNOCKING]

Two women canvassers knock at a door.

The first woman canvasser says ARE YOU
PLANNING ON VOTING TODAY?

She’s in her twenties, with shoulder length ombre hair and glasses. She wears jeans and a green sweater.

The man behind the door says NOT TODAY, NO.

She says OH OK.
TODAY, ACTUALLY, IS THE LAST DAY
TO VOTE, SO IT'S ELECTION DAY.
SO YOU'RE JUST NOT
PLANNING ON VOTING AT ALL?

The man says YEAH.

The woman says OKAY...

The second woman canvasser is in her twenties with shoulder length wavy black hair. She wears jeans, a blue T-shirt and a black jacket.

She says HONESTLY, I
WASN'T VERY POLITICALLY ACTIVE,
UNTIL HE WAS LIKE HEY, COME
WORK FOR FIFTEEN BUCKS AN HOUR
AND I WAS LIKE “OKAY!”
[DYLAN CHUCKLES]
I WAS REALLY NERVOUS
TO KNOCK ON DOORS
AND THEN AS THE DAY WENT ON, I
BECAME LESS AND LESS NERVOUS,
AND I WAS LIKE I WANT TO KNOCK
ON AS MANY DOORS AS POSSIBLE.

The first woman canvasser says IT FEELS SO
GREAT TO COME AND PROVIDE THEM
WITH THE TOOLS THEY
NEED TO CAST THEIR VOTE
AND PERHAPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
IT'S BEEN A GREAT
EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

Dylan says SO DID YOU GUYS VOTE?

The women say WE DID.

A male canvasser joins them. His name is Patrick. He’s in his mid-twenties with short brown hair and a beard. He wears a campaign T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

He says I DID NOT.

Dylan says ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE?

Patrick says NO, I HAVE NEVER VOTED.

Dylan says IS THERE A
REASON FOR THAT?

Patrick says IT'S JUST NOT
SOMETHING I FEEL LIKE
I SHOULD WASTE MY TIME ON...

Dylan says REALLY?

Patrick says ...IN MY OPINION.

The first woman canvasser says I FIND THIS MIGHTY
IRONIC CONSIDERING
WE'RE CANVASSING FOR
KAY HAGAN RIGHT NOW.
[LAUGHTER]

Patrick says IT IS
IRONIC, BUT I MEAN,
I MIGHT AS WELL GET MONEY FROM
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LYING TO ME,
IS THE WAY I LOOK AT IT.
I'M CANVASSING FOR
KAY HAGAN BECAUSE
IT'S A JOB THAT PAYS WELL.
I DO NOT BELIEVE IN
WHAT SHE'S TRYING TO DO.
SHE HAS A LOT OF
VIEWS I DO BELIEVE IN,
BUT I DON'T BELIEVE SHE'S GOING
TO ENFORCE THEM THE WAY THAT
I'D LIKE TO SEE IT DONE.

Dylan says PATRICK MAY BE
ANOTHER CYNICAL 20 YEAR-OLD,
DISENCHANTED WITH THE
POLITICAL PROCESS.
BUT HE DEFINITELY
HAS HIS OWN VIEWS
ON HOW TO CREATE CHANGE
IN HIS COMMUNITY.

Patrick says IF I WANT
TO AFFECT SOMETHING,
I COULD GO OUT AND TELL PEOPLE
THAT THEIR DOLLAR IS A VOTE,
MORE THAN THEIR VOTE IS A VOTE.
HOW YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY ON
DIFFERENT CORPORATIONS
AND STORES KEEPS THOSE
CORPORATIONS ALIVE.
AND THESE POLITICIANS
ARE TIED IN WITH PEOPLE
WHO OWN THESE CORPORATIONS.
SO I CAN VOTE FOR A
POLITICIAN TO GET IN,
OR I CAN SPEND MY MONEY LOCALLY
ON DIFFERENT THINGS
THAT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO
AFFECT CHANGE IN MY CITY.
YOU KNOW?
WHAT'D THEY SAY? KAY
HAGAN PUT TWO MILLION DOLLARS
INTO OUR CAMPAIGN.
AND IT'S GOING TO COMMERCIALS.
IT'S GOING TO ME.
THIS GUY.
IT'S GOING TO HER AND HER.
TO KNOCK ON DOORS TO PEOPLE
WHO DON'T GIVE A SHIT.

Dylan says I WONDER IF PATRICK'S
ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE ELECTION
IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
YOUTH IN NORTH CAROLINA.
I HEAD OVER TO A LOCAL POLLING
STATION IN RALEIGH TO FIND OUT.

A young woman voter says I'M NOT HERE
TO VOTE FOR TOM TILLIS.
I'M NOT VOTING FOR HIM.
[LAUGHS]
I AIN'T VOTING FOR HIM,
I'M VOTING FOR THE OTHER LADY.

A young male voter says I KNOW MY ROOMMATES
AREN'T VOTING RIGHT NOW.
BUT, A LOT OF MY FACEBOOK
FRIENDS ARE VERY ACTIVE
WITH THIS WHOLE THING.

Another woman voter says I AM FROM A FAMILY
WHERE VOTING IS VERY IMPORTANT.
PART OF GROWING UP WE TALKED
ABOUT POLITICAL ISSUES.

Another man voter says IN 2012,
THE PREVIOUS ELECTION,
I WAS ABLE TO JUST WALK
OUT OF MY DORM ROOM
AND GO THE BUILDING NEXT
DOOR AND VOTE.
BUT THIS YEAR YOU HAVE TO GO
OUT TO AN OLD POLLING PLACE.

A third woman voter says THERE'S
A LOT MORE CANDIDATES
THAN I THOUGHT THERE WERE.

She holds a bunch of banners in her hands.

Dylan says LITTLE BIT CONFUSING, EH?

She says GREAT,
NOW I HAVE TO STARE AT THIS
AND FIGURE THIS OUT.

Dylan says IT'S NOT AS EASY
AS YOU THINK IT WOULD BE, EH?

She says NO.

Dylan says WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE
AND THE NUMBERS COME IN,
ONLY 13 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO
VOTED WERE YOUNG PEOPLE
COMPARED TO 19 PERCENT JUST
TWO YEARS AGO.
I GUESS ALL THOSE ATTACK ADS
DID NOTHING BUT TURN PEOPLE OFF

Tillis says GOD BLESS YOU, GOD
BLESS THIS GREAT NATION.
[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

Dylan says THOM TILLIS,
THE GUY WHO FAVOURED THE
VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL,
HE WON THE ELECTION.
I'M DISAPPOINTED BY THE LOW
TURNOUT OF YOUNG VOTERS
IN NORTH CAROLINA.
THEY HAD SO MUCH TO LOSE
AND THEY DID.
[INDISTINCT WOMAN ON BULLHORN]

Dylan says BUT OVER IN MISSOURI,
THERE'S A YOUTH MOVEMENT THAT'S
MAKING WAVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
[PROTESTERS CHANTING]

A group of young people appear protesting on the streets at night.

Dylan says ON AUGUST 9TH 2014,
MIKE BROWN,
AN UNARMED 18 YEAR-OLD
AFRICAN AMERICAN
WAS GUNNED DOWN BY A
WHITE POLICE OFFICER.
THE PROTESTS WHICH
FOLLOWED TURNED VIOLENT
.
A fast clip shows firefighters trying to put down a building on fire.

Dylan says I MAKE THE TRIP TO FERGUSON TO
SEE HOW THIS TRAGIC EVENT IS
HAVING AN IMPACT ON YOUNG
PEOPLE AND VOTING IN THAT
COMMUNITY.

A group of three women and a man appear singing on the street. They all wear T-shirts with the caption “Justice? When will this change?”

One of them holds a banner with the victim’s graduation picture and the caption “Don’t shoot.”

A man at the memorial says IT SHOULDN'T
TAKE INCIDENTS SUCH AS ONE THIS
TRAGIC, BUT UNFORTUNATELY,
THAT'S WHAT IT TOOK.

Dylan is in a car with Maalik Shakoor. Maalik is in his twenties with short black hair and a goatee. He wears a pale blue T-shirt.

He says YOU COULD MAKE A LEFT,
YEAH MAKE A LEFT HERE.
'CAUSE THEN YOU CAN SEE ALL THE
[INDAUDIBLE]

Dylan says I MEET MAALIK SHAKOOR,
A LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENT.
HE'S AGREED TO SHOW ME THE
COMMUNITY HE CALLS HOME.

Maalik says YOU CAN SEE THESE
BOARDED UP PLACES OVER HERE.
THESE PLACES GOT HIT
DURING THE RIOTING.

Dylan says WHEN WE
DID SOME RESEARCH,
THERE HAD BEEN QUITE
A FEW SHOOTINGS
BEFORE
MIKE BROWN AS WELL.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS SO SPECIAL
ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR INCIDENT
THAT BROUGHT SO MUCH ATTENTION?

Maalik says WELL FOR ONE, THE
WAY THAT THEY KILLED HIM.
HE WAS SHOT WITH HIS HANDS UP,
AND THEN AFTER HE WAS SHOT,
THEY LEFT HIM IN THE
STREET FOR HOURS,
ALMOST AS A LYNCH EXAMPLE FOR
ALL THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO SEE.
THAT'S WHAT WAS
SO HEARTBREAKING,
THE WAY THAT HE WAS KILLED
AND THE WAY HIS BODY
WAS DISRESPECTED.

They pull over and get out of the car.

Maalik says THIS IS WEST FLORISSANT,
THIS IS WHAT THEY
CALL GROUND ZERO.

Dylan says MAALIK SHOWS ME THE
CORNER WHERE IT ALL BEGAN.

Maalik says THIS IS WHERE MIKE
BROWN GOT SHOT ON THAT ROAD
JUST UP THERE.
AND A DAY LATER, PROTESTORS CAME
AND BURNED DOWN THE QT,
RIGHT BEHIND US.

Dylan says THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION
OF THIS COMMUNITY IS LAID BARE
AT THIS BURNED OUT GAS STATION.
MAALIK SAYS THE RESPONSE
TO THE
MIKE BROWN INCIDENT IS
CONNECTED TO A MUCH LARGER
ISSUE THAT HIS GENERATION
DEALS WITH EVERY DAY,
BEING YOUNG AND
BLACK IN AMERICA.

They get in the car again.

Maalik says MY GRANDDAD TOLD
ME WHEN I FIRST GOT MY CAR,
HE SAID MAALIK, NOT IF, BUT
WHEN YOU GET PULLED OVER,
“DON'T REACH FOR THE GLOVE BOX.”
HE SAID “DON'T REACH FOR
THE DAMN GLOVE BOX.”
TO BE MORE COLOURFUL WITH IT.
THE REASON WHY HE SAID THAT, IF
YOU GET PULLED OVER AND YOU GO
FOR THE GLOVE BOX,
THE OFFICER IS GOING TO THINK
YOU'RE GOING FOR A GUN.
I'M PRETTY SURE YOU'VE
NEVER BEEN TOLD THAT RIGHT?

Dylan says NO, THAT'S NOT ANYTHING
I'VE EVER HAD TO LIVE WITH.

Maalik says WELL BECAUSE BASICALLY
AS A YOUNG BLACK MALE,
YOU KIND OF KNOW AND
LIVE WITH THE STIGMA
OF BEING CRIMINALIZED.

Dylan says MAALIK TAKES ME TO AN
ORGANIZATION CALLED
HANDS UP UNITED:
A GROUP THAT CAME TOGETHER
AFTER THE MICHAEL BROWN KILLING
TO HELP YOUTH IN THE AREA
CHANNEL THEIR FRUSTRATIONS
INTO INITIATIVES
THAT CAN BRING ABOUT POSITIVE
CHANGES IN A LOCAL LEVEL.

(music plays)

Abby Bobey is in her twenties with long wavy black hair and glasses. She wears cream corduroy trousers, a black and orange striped sweater and a black and blue scarf.

She stands in front of a class.

She says TODAY WE'RE GOING
TO BE DOING SOME CSS.
ANURU IS GOING TO BE OUR
LEAD INSTRUCTOR TODAY.

Dylan says ABBY BOBEY IS ONE OF THE
LEADERS AT HANDS UP UNITED.
CLASS THAT LINKS PROFESSIONALS
IN THE TECH INDUSTRY
WITH LOCAL YOUTH
EAGER TO CREATE SOCIAL
CHANGE IN THEIR CITY.

Abby says A LOT OF THE YOUTH WANTED
TO BOYCOTT LARGE CORPORATIONS,
AND INVEST THEIR DOLLAR
INTO SMALL BUSINESS
AND BLACK OWNED BUSINESS.
BUT WHEN THEY DID GOOGLE SEARCH,
THEY COULDN'T REALLY
FIND SMALL BUSINESS.
SO THEY WANTED TO UNDERSTAND HOW
THEY COULD CREATE WEBSITES TO
HELP PROMOTE SMALL BUSINESSES.


She says to the class I PUT UP THIS QUOTE:
YOU CAN HELP DESIGN THE
WORLD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.
THE FERGUSON MOVEMENT
DEFINITELY SPARKED
SOMETHING BIG IN EVERYONE.
WE WERE TIRED, ENOUGH IS
ENOUGH, WE WANTED A NEW WORLD.
AND WHEN YOU PUT TECHNOLOGY
WITH THAT TYPE OF MINDSET,
YOU CAN ACTUALLY DESIGN THE
WORLD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.

Dylan says CHRIS MULLER IS
A TECH PROFESSIONAL
WHO JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY
TO HELP TEACH THE CLASS.

Chris is in his late twenties with short black hair and a beard. He wears a blue T-shirt and a cap.

Chris says I REALLY BELIEVE THAT
THESE TOOLS ARE IMPORTANT FOR
YOUTH TO LEARN, BECAUSE I
SEE TECHNOLOGY AS A GATEWAY.
ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG
BLACK YOUTH IN FERGUSON,
BEING ABLE TO BROADCAST
THEIR STORIES, THEIR VOICES,
THEIR MOVEMENT ON THE
INTERNET I THINK IS CRITICAL.
THEM LEARNING HOW TO CODE, I
THINK IS CRITICAL FOR THEM
TO DESIGN THE LIFE
THEY WANT TO LIVE.
THE SYSTEMS THAT THEY WANT TO
USE TO ORGANIZE THEIR OWN LIVES.

Dylan says MIKE BROWN'S DEATH MAY
HAVE SOWED THE SEEDS
FOR ACTIVIST GROUPS
LIKE HANDS UP UNITED,
BUT SOME HERE ARE
STILL PESSIMISTIC
ABOUT THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
AS A TOOL FOR CHANGE.

Chris says WE'RE LOOKING
ON OUR GRANDPARENTS AND SAYING,
WE FEEL YOU, BECAUSE
THAT'S WHAT YOU FOUGHT FOR.
YOU DIED FOR US TO
BE ABLE TO VOTE.
SO WE APPRECIATE THAT, AND
WE'RE NOT NEGLECTING THAT,
BUT WE'RE SAYING WE HAVE VOTED,
WE'VE SEEN OUR OLDER BROTHERS,
OUR COUSINS, OUR UNCLES VOTE,
AND THE CONDITIONS
HAVEN'T CHANGED.

Dylan says LOW KEY IS ONE OF THE LOCAL
YOUTH WORKING WITH HANDS UP.

Low Key is in his twenties, clean shaven and with curly black hair in a half-fro. He wears a gingham shirt and a green jacket over his shoulders.

He says THEY ONLY GIVE US THE
OPTION TO VOTE FOR WHOSE GOING
TO HURT MY COMMUNITY LESS.
IT'S LIKE, YOU EITHER GET, HE'LL
THROW CRACK IN MY COMMUNITY,
OR HE'LL THROW HEROIN
IN MY COMMUNITY.
WHICH ONE WOULD
HURT MY PEOPLE LESS?
THAT'S WHAT YOU
HAVE TO VOTE FOR.

Fast clips show images of a protest.

Low key says I'M NOT WITH
QUIET PROTESTING.
THAT DESTROYS THE WHOLE
POINT OF PROTESTING.
THIS IS NOT A MOMENT
OF SILENCE PROTEST.
[PROTESTERS CHANTING]
YOU CANNOT SAY
PROTESTING DOESN'T
SERVE A PURPOSE.
BECAUSE ON THAT SAME NOTE,
IF WE WEREN'T DOING THAT,
NOBODY WOULD CARE
ABOUT MIKE BROWN.
NOBODY WOULD EVEN HEAR
ABOUT MIKE BROWN.
NOBODY WOULD HERE
ABOUT TRAYVON MARTIN.
NOBODY WOULD CARE.
IN REALITY.
LET'S BE TRUTHFUL.
IT WASN'T FOR RIOTING,
IF IT WASN'T FOR THROWING
ROCKS AT THE POLICE,
SHOOTING AT THE POLICE,
LOOTING,
MIKE BROWN WOULD HAVE
DIED FOR NO REASON.
[DEMONSTRATION AMBIENCE]
[POLICE BANGING
BATONS ON SHIELDS]

The lead protester says HANDS UP!

Protesters say DON'T SHOOT!

The lead protester says HANDS UP!

Protesters say DON'T SHOOT!

Fast clips show images of police repression.

Dylan says IN FERGUSON, ON THE FIRST
NIGHTS OF THE PROTEST
VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPTED
BETWEEN THE POLICE OFFICERS
AND THE PROTESTERS.
IMAGES LIKE THESE WENT VIRAL.
BUT SOMETIMES AN IMAGE
DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY.
LIKE THIS PICTURE OF A MAN
THROWING AN OBJECT
TOWARD THE POLICE.
THE MAN IN THE PHOTO
IS EDWARD CRAWFORD.

Edward is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with long dread locks. He wears a black sweatshirt and a pair of jeans.

He and Dylan walk toward a crosswalk.

Edward says THERE WERE POLICE THERE,
AND THEY WERE APPROACHING HERE.
THERE WERE PEOPLE
BEHIND ME THERE.
THE TEARGAS LANDED ABOUT RIGHT
THERE, WHERE THE STREET LINE IS,
IT LANDED ABOUT RIGHT THERE.
I DIDN'T WANT IT
TO BE IN THE CROWD,
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.
NOBODY KNEW WHAT IT WAS.
I JUST GRABBED IT,
THREW IT BACK.

Dylan says YEAH.

Edward says I DIDN'T WANT TO
SEE ANYBODY HURT.
THERE WERE KIDS AROUND ME AND
I JUST THREW IT OUT OF THE WAY,
TO PROTECT ME AND
KIDS AROUND ME.

Dylan says
THE IMAGE OF EDWARD THROWING
THAT CANISTER OF TEAR GAS
QUICKLY BECAME A SYMBOL
FOR PEOPLE GETTING OUT
THE YOUTH VOTE IN FERGUSON.

A banner with an illustration of Edward’s picture and the caption “Vote. 2014. 2016” appears on screen.

Edward says I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO
GET EDUCATED ABOUT VOTING,
FIRST, THEN GO VOTE.
NOT JUST VOTE BECAUSE
PEOPLE ARE SAYING GO VOTE.
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE VOTING FOR.
BE PROUD OF WHAT
YOU'RE VOTING FOR.

Dylan says THIS PAST SPRING,
AFTER DOZENS OF PROTESTS
WITHIN FERGUSON AND ELSEWHERE,
THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
RELEASED A REPORT
THAT CONFIRMED THERE WAS
A CLEAR RACIAL BIAS
WITHIN THE FERGUSON
POLICE DEPARTMENT.
IT'S A SMALL VICTORY FOR A
COMMUNITY THAT HAS PRESSED ITS
GOVERNMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND
DEAL WITH A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM
WITH RACIST LAW ENFORCEMENT.
IN THE MEANTIME, HANDS UP
UNITED CONTINUES TO DO
ITS OUTREACH WORK AND MANY
HERE HAVE BEGUN TO SEE VOTING
AS ONE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

A woman in her twenties says BEFORE IT, PEOPLE
THOUGHT THAT VOTING
WASN'T IMPORTANT, THAT
IT DIDN'T HAVE A MEANING.
AND, YOU KNOW, IT DIDN'T MATTER.
SO NOW I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE
HONESTLY KNOW THAT VOTING
AND VOTING REGISTRATION,
SIGNING UP FOR VOTING,
REALLY MATTERS IN THIS COUNTRY.

Dylan says MAALIK, WHO SHOWED ME
AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
ON MY FIRST DAY HERE,
AGREES THAT VOTING
HAS ITS PURPOSE.

Maalik says I FEEL LIKE
VOTING IS IMPORTANT,
BUT THAT'S MORE OF
A LONG TERM GOAL.
THROUGH POLITICAL POLICIES,
OR MAYBE THE NEXT
FIVE TO TEN YEARS, MAYBE
YOU'LL SEE SOME CHANGE
WITH THE POLITICAL PROCESS.
BUT IF YOU WANT THINGS TO HAPPEN
RIGHT NOW, WITHIN YOUR LIFETIME,
THEN YOU NEED TO MAKE AS MUCH
NOISE AND POLITICAL ACTION.
I THINK IT'S THE
COMBINATION WE'RE MISSING,
A COMBINATION OF NOISE
AND POLITICAL ACTION.

Dylan says IN FERGUSON'S FIRST
MUNICIPAL ELECTION
SINCE MIKE BROWN'S DEATH,
TWICE AS MANY VOTERS
SHOWED UP TO THE BALLOT BOX
COMPARED TO THE
CITY'S LAST TWO ELECTIONS
AND THE NUMBER OF BLACK
CITY COUNCILLORS TRIPLED.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
THE CITY'S HISTORY,
HALF OF THE CITY
COUNCIL IS BLACK.
THE TRAGEDY OF MIKE BROWN
HAS TRANSFORMED THE POLITICAL
LANDSCAPE HERE IN FERGUSON.

(music plays)

Dylan says I'VE TRAVELED FOR
MONTHS MAKING THIS FILM.
ZIG-ZAGGING ACROSS
NORTH AMERICA.
I'VE SEEN PEOPLE MY AGE FROM
ALL WALKS OF LIFE ENGAGE
WITH THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN
SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.
ONE THING I'VE LEARNED
FOR SURE,
MY GENERATION IS
A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.

Morgan says AS A SOCIETY WE NEED TO
DO BETTER IN ENGAGING THOSE WHO
FEEL EXCLUDED FROM THE SYSTEM.

Maalik says PEOPLE FOUGHT
AND DIED,
DIED
TO VOTE.
I FEEL LIKE THE LEAST I CAN DO
IS GET MY LAZY ASS UP AND TAKE
MYSELF TO VOTE AND
AT LEAST SHOW SOME RESPECT
FOR MY ANCESTORS AND MY ELDERS.

Bryan says POLITICS IN GENERAL, IS
LITERALLY A BUNCH OF PEOPLE
THAT ARE GENERATIONS BEHIND.
WE'RE IN A CHANGING WORLD HERE,
AND THERE'S A BUNCH
OF YOUNG PEOPLE
THAT ARE THINKING DIFFERENTLY.

Jennifer says YOUNG PEOPLE
DEFINITELY ARE ENGAGED,
THEY ARE ACTIVE.
YOUNG PEOPLE SET THE TRENDS.
ASK ANY COMPANY.
THEY'RE DEPENDING ON YOUNG
PEOPLE TO MAKE THEM RELEVANT.

Tappan says THE MILLENNIAL VOTE AND
THE YOUTH VOTE REPRESENTS
THE MOST DIVERSE
ELECTORATE DEMOGRAPHIC
OUR NATION HAS EVER SEEN.

Dylan says MILLENNIALS MAKE UP A
QUARTER OF OUR POPULATION.
TOGETHER WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO
CHANGE THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
IF WE WANT TO.
WE HAVE TO TAKE ON OUR
POLITICIANS AND DEMAND TRUTH
FROM POWER.
WE HAVE TO ENGAGE AND
INSPIRE EACH OTHER.
SOME OF US WILL GET
INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT
WHILE OTHERS WILL
LASH OUT AGAINST IT.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE YOUNG
PEOPLE WHO REMAIN FRUSTRATED,
CYNICAL, EVEN BORED
BY POLITICS
BUT NOW MORE THAN EVER, I
BELIEVE IT'S UP TO ME
AND MY GENERATION TO SHAPE
OUR DEMOCRACY.
IF WE TAKE PART,
IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
BEFORE THE WORLD
WILL START LISTENING.

(music plays)

Dylan appears climbing down the stairs of the Parliament building in a suit.

Directed by Kyle McCachen.

Produced by Robert Lang.

Editor, Eoin Harris.

Produced by Kensington Communications Inc. Toronto and Triple Threat Films Inc, Vancouver.

Produced in association with TVO. Never stop learning. Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc.

Produced with the participation of Canada Media Fund.

Kensington. 2015.

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