ABOUT THE SERIES

Postcards from the Great Divide is a series of nine short documentaries produced by leading American independent filmmakers that are being released in a digital partnership between PBS’ Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting, with a PBS broadcast on the World Channel.

Examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate, the series travels to key locations across the US to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come. 

Telling memorable stories with compelling on-camera characters, each Postcard brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. Black voters in Florida hesitating to vote; urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views; Wisconsin ex-legislators ruing the intense ideological splits that have turned the once congenial state into a partisan battleground – stories like these come alive in the hands of a roster of talented documentary filmmakers. Each Postcard challenges conventional wisdom and guides the average viewer towards clearer understanding of the sometimes-mysterious ways political demography has become destiny.

Postcards from the Great Divide is brought to you by the award-winning team of Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, who have been responsible for some of the most respected political documentaries of the past twenty years. They are two-time Peabody Award and three-time DuPont-Columbia Award winning creators of such films as Vote for Me: Politics in America, Getting Back to Abnormal, and People Like Us.

Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Midnight Films and the Center for New American Media will produce.

 

The Center for New American Media: http://www.cnam.com