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The Final Year

  • Starring: Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power
  • Director: Greg Barker
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 89 min.

A sweeping, insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their final year as they set out to define their legacy, promote diplomacy - and react to the unexpected rise of Donald Trump. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House, the State Department, and the machinery of American power.

"The election’s startling results give the movie more resonance and emotional heft than it might have otherwise. A brief closing interview with Obama provides some stirring — and haunting — grace notes. "
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The greatest thing about The Final Year, and the part that needs repeating over and over in our abrasive, attention-seeking political age, is that no matter what your method for bettering the world is, the real work is usually done quietly, in ways that defy pomp and fanfare. "
- Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
"For its target audience, The Final Year can't help but have a melancholy feel, any more than it can be separated from the prism of politics. But it's worth seeing, if only to gain greater appreciation for the nature of these jobs and their highs and lows."
- Brian Lowry,
"Under the current circumstances, Barker has given us a film with much broader appeal, one that's not only absorbing but also essential in its depiction of humane, responsible leadership. Barker’s fly-on-the-wall approach eschews showy grandstanding and divisive biases. So there’s a better-than-usual chance that viewers on both sides of the aisle will find themselves moved. "
- Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap