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At this year’s hybrid AFI DOCS festival, viewers from across the nation had the opportunity to watch over 75 films and docuseries, including the World Premieres of the feature film THE SLOW HUSTLE and the first two parts of OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION from WarnerMedia and HBO Documentary Films. Read more about the documentaries and the insightful post-screening conversations with the filmmakers.
OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION
Director Peter Kunhardt (TRUE JUSTICE: BRYAN STEVENSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, 2019) returns to the festival with author Jelani Cobb, (The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress) as executive producer on a multi-part documentary that chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its own racial history. 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. Learn more.
Following the festival screening, director Peter Kunhardt and subject Jelani Cobb participated in a special AFI DOCS conversation moderated by CQ Roll Call Deputy Editor Jason Dick.
THE SLOW HUSTLE
After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement. Director Sonja Sohn, who starred in the beloved HBO crime drama series THE WIRE, set and produced in Baltimore, follows up her acclaimed feature directorial debut BALTIMORE RISING with this gripping story of dirty cops, cover-ups and a failed political establishment.
Following the festival screening, director Sonja Sohn and producer Marc Levin participated in a special AFI DOCS conversation moderated by President of the African American Film Critics Association Gil Robertson. Learn more.
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