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The Final Year

Find out what it’s like to be around the table in the White House in this revealing new doc.

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USA 2017
Dir Greg Barker
89min
Digital
A Dogwoof release

For his new documentary, which screened at the BFI London Film Festival in 2017, Barker had unprecedented access to four central figures in the Obama administration as an election loomed: Secretary of State John Kerry; Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor, and Barack Obama himself. What emerges is a portrait of an administration keen to secure its legacy, and to attempt to shift the perception of America’s approach to foreign policy from one enforced by military might to one of engagement, diplomacy and consensus. The urgency of their international work is juxtaposed against the turmoil of an election at home, and the gradual realisation of just how different the incoming administration was likely to be...

Tricia Tuttle, Deputy Head of Festivals


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