Nat Bates for Mayor

Nat Bates for Mayor

Nat Bates For Mayor tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor's race in Richmond, home to the second largest refinery in California. In a brazen move, Chevron spent more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a Faustian bargain with the city's corporate behemoth in a cagey attempt to preserve the long-standing but waning power of Richmond's African-American working class community, whose rich history dates back to the formation of the Kaiser shipyards during World War Two. It's black against white. It's pro-development forces against eco-friendly Progressives. It's David versus Goliath. Is Nat Bates the savior or stooge? The movie is a wacky ride with some of the most entertaining and offbeat political characters you'll ever meet. The guerilla-style documentary follows the candidates on the campaign trail, in revealing personal moments, and during the city's audacious Jerry Springer-like city council meetings, as they lock in a battle for the mayor's seat and the future of the Bay Area's overlooked oil town. There are cameos by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and legendary civil rights leader Andrew Young. The documentary is a potent mix of corporate influence, race, gentrification, homophobia, political self-determination, and humor-all told through the lives of bigger-than-life small-town characters.

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Running Time
1 hours 15 minutes
Eric Weiss, Bradley Berman
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Nat Bates for Mayor» (19)

Angela avatar

I wasn't expecting such a detailed and intricate storyline, but it was a great surprise, great animation and good performances by all of the actors involved.

Amber avatar

This is, without a doubt going to be one of my top 10 movies quite possibly the number one film!

Diana avatar

I really enjoyed this movie. If you like Documentary this movie won't let you down.

Samuel avatar

Great movie! Totally unexpected and gets a little more serious than I thought it would from title picture.

Marilyn avatar

I thought this movie was very cool. I watch it again and again!

Zachary M. avatar
Zachary M.

I may have a new favorite movie.

Judy Martinez avatar
Judy Martinez

Awesome acting and story. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Olivia S. avatar
Olivia S.

A simple movie done really, really well.

Debra K. avatar
Debra K.

Great movie, loved it, good actors. good overall Can't wait for the next one

Kathleen avatar

This is a good movie I really enjoyed it worth my five stars

Jennifer Johnston avatar
Jennifer Johnston

Not a Predictable script