After the Y2K and 2004 presidential elections, we all learned to expect the unexpected. By now, more than a few realized they better actually begin to document the “unexpected” — as it becomes clear just how much pre-planning really goes into making these election days so very mixed up. With yet another election bound to supply more sets of the usual disasters, Ian Inaba‘s documentary, “American Blackout,” makes the case that election “accidents,” especially when it comes to the U.S.’s African American voting population, aren’t exactly random occurrences. Using the orchestrated campaigns against Cynthia McKinney‘s elections as a starting point, turning back to history as a guide, and hopping through a variety of regional debacles as evidence, the film offers the public a shot of adrenaline and a little advice for everyone who cares about this election season: Wake up. Susan Gerhard reports in SF360.