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.

Running Time
1 hours 15 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Eric Weiss, Bradley Berman
Audio Languages
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» (23)

Kimberly H. avatar
Kimberly H.

I smiled I bawled, I loved it.

Matthew F. avatar
Matthew F.

This movie Rocks!!!! An ambush of engaging sequences that leaves you satisfied

Shirley avatar

i loved this movie. i saw previews for it months ago and totally forgot about it. im so happy it showed up tonight

Gary Myers avatar
Gary Myers

Believe me you will enjoy it! A must watch for Documentary fans

Dylan Carter avatar
Dylan Carter

I'm not a big movie goer, but I had huge expectations for this one, and I was absolutely blown away by the beauty and magic and absolute fantastic storytelling in this movie.

Barbara Mendoza avatar
Barbara Mendoza

I just finished the movie today and I must say that this is by far one of the most artistic and beautiful movies I have seen in years!

Harry O. avatar
Harry O.

Another enjoyable Documentary movie that didn't get it's just credit in theaters. I like it very much.

Patricia Gray avatar
Patricia Gray

i enjoyed the whole movie.