WATCH LIST: US ELECTION 2020
Ahead of the US elections, DocHouse is providing a space to discuss our big neighbour over the pond through documentaries. Join us for our first Film Club on November 2nd, the eve of the election, for a zoom conversation with other doc enthusiasts. Our two films of focus for the discussion are Greg Barker's The Final Year, and Alison Klayman's The Brink. We've also included a number of additional films and podcasts below, in case you want to take a broader look at the USA.
Film club selection
THE FINAL YEAR dir. Greg Barker / 2017 / 89 mins
It's 2016. The Obama administration are preparing to leave power, and waiting to find out which candidate they will be handing over to. With up close access, The Final Year observes the foreign policy team as they work to cement their gains in international relations and secure their legacy.
THE BRINK dir. Alison Klayman / 2019 / 92 mins
When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties.
You can also watch our recorded Q&A with The Guardian associate editor Paul Lewis, hosted by journalist Jenny Kleeman here.
Additional Viewing and listening
RBG - Follow the remarkable life and legacy of the 'notorious' Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her decades-long pioneering work as a lawyer and judge. You can watch it on Netflix.
Knock Down the House - During the 2018 midterm elections director Rachel Lears documents the campaigns of four women, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and catches a historical moment. Watch it on Netflix.
Hillary - In four episodes this docseries chronicles the political pathway and reveals an intimate portrait of Hillary Clinton. You can watch it on Sky
Time for Ilhan - In a world where fake news abounds and truth is hard to come by, one woman is speaking from the heart of the community - Ilhan Omar. Watch it on iTunes.
Bobby Kennedy for President - This doc takes a look at the 'Bobby Phenomenon', Bobby's political rise and unfulfilled destiny to follow his brother's foot steps. Watch it on Netflix
Angry, White and American - Gary Younge meets up with the leader of the Alt-right and travels through the US to find out why so many white male Americans are angry. Watch it on Channel 4.
Trump: An American Dream Episode 4 - The last episode of the docseries sees Trump meeting Melania and setting his plans to become president. Watch it on Channel 4 or Netflix.
The Trump Show - made by the same production company, 72 Films, as Trump: An American Dream, this new series chronicles the tumult and chaos of his presidency. Watch it on BBC IPlayer.
A Place at The Table - Examining hunger, poverty and obesity in the US, A Place at The Table also shows the social and cultural implications and offers solutions. You can get the DVD here.
Gun Nation - Zed Nelson's 30 minutes short doc explores the paradox of why America’s most potent symbol of freedom is also one of its greatest killers. Watch it on YouTube for free.
Weiner - Many politicians have seen their careers veer off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as they are in this incisive and funny all access observational doc. Watch it on Netflix, Amazon, GooglePlay, or YouTube
3,1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets - After they refuse to turn down their rap music, Mike Dunn fired into a car of unarmed black teenagers in Jacksonville Florida, killing one of them. Director Marc Silver skilfully weaves a compelling narrative of the ripples of the murder in the community. You can watch it on GooglePlay, YouTube, iTunes, Sky
Fahrenheit 11/9 - Legendary documentarian Michael Moore brings his unique lens to America in the age of Trump, exposing the state of a chaotic nation, from election rigging to media manipulation. You can watch it on YouTube or Netflix
Central Park Five - With revelatory archive footage and contributions from many involved in the 1989 trial, the film raises serious issues concerning the criminal investigation and a flawed justice system. Watch it on Amazon Prime, or iTunes
Totally Under Control - From Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, this brand new documentary is a searing indictment of Donald Trump's failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Available to watch online with us from 7pm (GMT) on Friday 30th October for 48 hours, register here.
Pod Save America and Pod Save the World: Former President Obama staff bring humour and insight into the dismantling of their ex-boss's legacy.
The Bulwark: Conservatives discuss the latest news - in their words no shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering.
The Daily: Long take on big stories from the New York Times
Code Switch: NPR podcast hosted by multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists focussing on the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture
Americast: BBC podcast on the American elections
Today in Focus Election 2020 episodes: The Guardian's take and discussion about the upcoming elections