THE FINAL YEAR
THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, the film revolves around a foreign policy team assembled by Barack Obama nearly a decade ago, during his first presidential campaign: Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Advisor and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes, as well National Security Advisor Susan Rice and President Obama himself. The film tracks this team over the course of 2016, as they travel the world attempting to solidify and “lock-in” policies that they believe will define their legacy. The unfolding crisis in Syria (and Russia’s role), the resurgence of nationalism, and the results of the US election all challenge this legacy in unexpected and fundamental ways, leading the team to re-evaluate.
"For most viewers inclined to check out a film about the subject, it will be hard not to cry... Compelling... Like a real-life version of The West Wing" Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power