Street Fight (2006)

Street Fight
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 23mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords political
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Marshall Curry Editor n/a 172 7000001
Marshall Curry Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Marshall Curry Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Mary Manhardt Editing n/a 120901 7000002
Rachel Kittner Editing n/a 120901 7000003
James Baxter Original Music Music 120838 8000001
Matt Harnichek Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000004
Marisa Karplus Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
Catherine Jones Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Marshall Curry Producer n/a 3 3000001
Marshall Curry Director n/a 2 2000001
Sharpe James Actor Himself 1 1000002
Liz Garbus Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Rory Kennedy Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer (ITVS) 174 3000005
Cara Mertes Executive Producer (P.O.V.) 174 3000004
Cory Booker Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
Chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits Booker against an old-style political machine that uses any means necessary to crush its opponents: city workers who do not support the mayor are demoted; "disloyal" businesses are targeted by code enforcement; a campaigner is detained and accused of terrorism; and disks of voter data are burglarized in the night. Even the filmmaker is dragged into the slugfest, and by election day, the climate becomes so heated that the Federal government is forced to send in observers to watch for cheating and violence. Both Booker and James are African-American Democrats, but when the mayor accuses the Ivy League educated Booker of not being "really black," it forces voters to examine both how we define race in this country.