OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION Series

OBAMA:

World Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Peter Kunhardt and subject Jelani Cobb moderated by CQ Roll Call Deputy Editor Jason Dick.

Director Peter Kunhardt (TRUE JUSTICE: BRYAN STEVENSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, 2019) returns to the festival with a comprehensive study of Barack Obama’s journey from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President against the cultural and historical moments that defined his political rise. Archival interviews and speeches from Obama’s career frame insights from a who’s who of political experts — such as Jelani Cobb, David Remnick, Cornel West, Sherrilyn Ifill, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson — as they analyze how race and politics intertwined to lead to the election of the country’s first Black president. AFI DOCS is honored to host the world premiere of the first two parts of this series. –Sarah Harris

Peter Kunhardt’s recent films include A CHOICE OF WEAPONS: INSPIRED BY GORDON PARKS; THE SOUL OF AMERICA; TRUE JUSTICE: BRYAN STEVENSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY; JOHN MCCAIN: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS; and KING IN THE WILDERNESS. Kunhardt has won eight Emmys® and lives with his wife Suzy in Chappaqua.

Screenings

Virtual
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Details

Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Peter Kunhardt

Producers: George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Maya Mumma, Matthew O. Henderson

Executive Producers: Andi Bernstein, Mona Sutphen, Jelani Cobb, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller

Directors of Photography: Joe Arcidiacono, Clair Popkin

Editor: Maya Mumma

Music: Osei Essed, Saul Simon MacWilliams

Featuring: Jelani Cobb, David Remnick, Valerie Jarrett, Cornel West, John Lewis, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Sherrilyn Ifill, Michele Norris, Michael Eric Dyson, Jon Favreau, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Running Time (minutes): 194

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available

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