The Final Year
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.
Includes a post-film conversation with Director/Producer Greg Barker, moderated by Matt Holzman, Producer, KCRW's "The Document."
Greg Barker looks for strong personal narratives that illuminate the complexities and moral ambiguities of global politics and war. For The Final Year, Barker secured unprecedented access to the White House and State Department, capturing the emotions and human dynamics behind American diplomacy at its highest levels. With his longstanding producing partners Julie Goldman and John Battsek, Barker’s films include HBO’s Manhunt, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, (PrimeTime Emmy® ), Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, Sergio (Sundance editing award), and Koran by Heart. Barker previously worked as a journalist, making numerous films for PBS/Frontline, including the acclaimed Ghosts of Rwanda. He grew up in California, lived in DC and London for a long time, and now lives in Santa Monica with his British wife and family. He has a masters in International Relations from the LSE, and is a Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation.