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Greg Barker: The Final Year at BFI Southbank

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Time 18:40
Date 19/01/18
Price Free

A fly-on-the-wall perspective on President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their final 12 months in office.

Running from: Fri 19 - Wed 31 Jan 2018.

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...