The Final Year

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The Final Year
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGreg Barker
Produced byJohn Battsek
Diane Becker
Alice Bristow
Christopher Buchanan
StarringBarack Obama
John Kerry
Samantha Power
Ben Rhodes
Susan Rice
Music byPhilip Sheppard
CinematographyMartina Radwan
Erich Roland
Edited byJoshua Altman
Langdon Page
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Final Year is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Greg Barker. The film is a chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office. While President Obama features at certain points, the documentary crew mainly followed the activities of Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. Although the documentary does not feature Donald Trump, the emphasis among the main players switches as the final year progresses from enacting a foreign policy legacy to taking measures to protect that legacy from being dismantled by the incoming administration.

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