Word is, Sheriff Joe is freaking out. Republicans who have supported him for years are jumping ship to back his Democratic rival Paul Penzone. As a result, his poll numbers are consistently in the doldrums, under 50 percent.
He's been forced to buy up a load of local TV time to run a creepy, dishonest, anti-Penzone ad, while Penzone has gone all guerilla-warfare on the octogenarian autocrat, running radio spots on right-wing KFYI, appealing to Republicans.
Despite all of Joe's cash, despite going negative and sending out voter-suppression robocalls, despite 20 years as sheriff (or more likely, because of those 20 years), and in spite of a third-wheel stooge in the race who could pass for Patton Oswalt's senile dad, Arpaio is facing the very real possibility of forced exile to Fountain Hills, where his wife Ava has a backlog of honey-dos waiting for him.
See also: -Best Immigration Documentary - 2012 Two Americans -Joe Arpaio Laughs as a Little Girl Cries -Joe Arpaio: Tent City a "Concentration Camp" By any margin, no matter how thin, victory for Penzone would be a massive thunderclap rolling across Arizona, and then the nation, signaling an end to two decades of Hugo Chavez-like tyranny in this county.
Which is why Two Americans is the film to see this weekend.
A documentary that's been years in the making by co-directors Daniel DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez, the film masterfully weaves together the story of a political opportunist and megalomaniac with that of Katherine Figueroa, a young girl, whose parents are arrested in one of Arpaio's immigrant-hunting sweeps.Check out the trailer for Two Americans, then go see it while you can
The contrast between this brave, earnest little girl, and the corrupt sheriff who victimizes her family could not be starker. You'll cheer and cry for Katherine as she speaks out for her parents and against Maricopa County's flaccid fool.
And you'll get some serious insight into how our glory-hound sheriff ended up being in office for 20 years. Here's one reason: Many white geezers like him. And white geezers vote.
But that may change this time around. Even some geezers are sick of Joe. And young brown people are getting into the game with groups like Adios Arpaio. Latino voters are the hope we have in this election. They are our shot at real change in this state.
Below is the press release with all the pertinent info about the film. But here's the real reason you should go and help make its run successful: It will tick off Arpaio, big time. And that, my friends, is always worth the price of admission.
DOCUMENTARY PROVIDES IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CLASH OF CULTURES
"Two Americans" has a week-long theatrical run at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale, Oct. 26 through Nov. 1st
Phoenix, Arizona - Premiering October 26 through November 1 at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale, Two Americans is a riveting documentary that traces the parallel stories of America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," and the 9-year-old American daughter of undocumented immigrants arrested in a sheriff's workplace.
The central protagonists of Two Americans symbolize the polarized stance Arizonans and the nation have on the immigration debate: one - Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who targets unauthorized immigrants while garnering significant media publicity, and the other, a young Katherine, who is forced to grow up overnight when faced with the loss of her parents, who like other immigrants, have been living in the shadows of the American workplace.
Two Americans directed and produced by Daniel DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez received the Audience Award for Best Feature documentary on April of this year at the Arizona International Film Festival and recently the New Times Best of Phoenix award.
This compelling and stunning documentary provides an in-depth look into the workings of the Maricopa County Sheriff's office. "As a filmmaker I really didn't expect that Sheriff Arpaio to allow me into the heart of his operation as closely as he did," said DeVivo. "Viewers will gain an amazing insight into the mind of one of America's most popular politicians."
The documentary is the follow up to DeVivo's earlier work, Crossing Arizona - which took top honors at the Arizona International Film Festival in 2006 and was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Co-director, Fernández is an award winning freelance journalist with a decade of experience covering Arizona's rancorous immigration debate. Her stories have appeared in countless news outlets nationwide and internationally, including CNN En Español and New America Media.
"At the end of the day, the film offers something for everyone; whether you are a supporter of the sheriff or not, you'll come away feeling closer to these two very different worlds," said filmmaker Valeria Fernandez.
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Two Americans is not only a powerful, moving film, it dares to expose the complex web of personal and corporative interest that threatens the future of a promising state, currently at odds with its own roots. It is also a coming-of-age story about a generation of Mexican American kids who cannot fathom why their immigrant parents are being characterized as criminals.
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