Hapless Republicans Chronicled In “Caucus”

michelle and rick(Note from BFIA: We have not seen this film and have no idea if it is any good, but if you are inexplicably interested in revisiting Santorum and Bachmann’s time in Iowa in 2012, it will air Sunday night).

Al Jazeera America will be airing a documentary on the 2012 Iowa caucus this Sunday night, directed by independent filmmaker A.J. Schnack.

The film chronicles the rise of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.

Al Jazeera America is available in Iowa on DIRECTV Channel 347, DISH Network Channel 215 and Vision Systems Channel 294. (check your zip code in the channel finder here to see if it is available in your community: http://america.aljazeera.com/tools/getajam.html

Here’s a link about the film: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140109/NEWS09/301090109/Documentary-Iowa-caucuses-air-Sunday-Al-Jazeera-America



Find Al Jazeera America near you: http://america.aljazeera.com/tools/getajam.html

This Sunday, Al Jazeera America, the new cable news network headquartered in New York City, will air the television premiere of CAUCUS.

For the past 40 years, the race for the American Presidency has begun in the state of Iowa, where Presidential hopefuls spend months traveling the state’s 99 counties hoping to win its “first-in-the-nation” vote and prove themselves a viable candidate.

In intimate, funny and sometimes emotional detail, CAUCUS tells the story of the 2011-2012 campaign in Iowa as eight Republicans fight to become their party’s standard-bearer and take on Barack Obama. But to win, each must first navigate state fairs, town hall meetings in pizza halls and agitated questions from the increasingly contentious GOP base. CAUCUS is a revealing look at the difficulty of running for office, particularly the Presidency, and features private, human moments of very public figures.

Directed by A.J. Schnack, the documentary profiles Minnesota Representative Michele Bachman (chronicling her victory in the summer’s Ames Straw Poll – to the long autumn where her popularity plummeted) as well as the slow rise of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, in his own persistent battle for attention against all odds and mountains of super-PAC cash.

CAUCUS is both a postmortem on the 2012 campaign, and a glimpse at the challenges that the Republican party finds themselves still facing more than a year later.

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