Synopsis

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., intro and Q & A with retired CIA official Paul Zalucky, an authority on Russia.

Free refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday (film only), 2 p.m.

Documentary filmmaker Greg Barker was offered unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department during President Barack Obama’s last year in office. THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration. It closely follows Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and two top White House appointees, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power as they race against the clock to solidify their legacy, promote diplomacy over large-scale military action, and redefine how the US government handles war and peace, before leaving power after eight years.
Commenting on the film, Rhodes said, “I worry about American Diplomacy, which is what this film is about. I hope it galvanizes people to want to do these jobs and go back out there to fix problems which are going to get worse in the next few years.”

Reviews

This gripping, full-access account of life inside the White House during the last 12 months of Barack Obama’s administration is sobering and heartbreaking.

Kevin MayerThe Times (UK)

Riveting.

CBS News

Compelling, irresistible, intriguing, like a real life West Wing.

Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

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