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Now it may be good to know that I'm a registered independent and believe strongly in a more-than-two-party political system, but I have to admit that I've never voted for Ralph Nader. Maybe it's because I always thought of his as this consumer advocate and not really presidential material, but this new documentary which covers Nader's conflict with and career in government going back to his 60s disputes with General Motors helps shed life on the former Green Party candidate. It's interesting how unbiased and impartially this film examines the life and political aspirations of the quirky spokesman for the people, opening with a barrage of attacks on Nader's decision to run for President in 2004 after being blamed for the Florida results that put Bush in the office in first place. After getting into a bit of Nader history, it comes back to the elections, the most interesting part of the movie, because it talks to experts who, counter to diehard liberals claims, believe that the results would have turned out the same with or without Nader in the 00 election. A far better movie than both Fahrenheit 9/11 and the recent So the Nation Goes, the docs an even bigger indictment against the likes of Michael Moore and Bill Maher, who supported Nader in 2000, then attacked him when he decided to run again in 2004. Even with the amount of talking heads, it's still nice to see a doc about the election that covers it without the obvious liberal slant, making this a truly independent film about a true independent. It opens at the IFC Center in New York on Friday, and can be seen on the IFC First Take cable system.


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