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“What I think is quite clear is, there is division, there’s violence, and disenchantment with our society…” That’s Bobby Kennedy speaking truth about America in Netflix’s new documentary series, Bobby Kennedy for President.
Directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, Spies of Mississippi, Trapped), the four-part series charts Kennedy’s historic 83-day Presidential run, using rare and never-before-seen archival footage – much of it digitised for the first time – along with new interviews from those who worked closely with Robert F. Kennedy and knew him well.
Bobby’s passion and vision helped his brother John get elected President, sparked a country’s conscience, guided the nation through terrifying crises, and inspired a generation. He was Attorney General, a United States Senator, and a candidate for President. RFK also riled the establishment as he sharpened his political acumen, and challenged America to become the best version of itself.
The series premieres on Netflix on Friday 27th April. Here’s the trailer:
Bobby Kennedy for President is available on Netflix UK, as part of £7.49 monthly subscription.
Netflix announces Bobby Kennedy for President documentary series
17th March 2018
On March 16th 1968, Robert F. Kennedy declared his candidacy for President of the United States in the U.S. Senate Caucus Room, the exact location where his late brother John F. Kennedy had proclaimed his candidacy in 1960. To mark the 50th anniversary of his candidacy, Netflix has announced that a new documentary about Bobby Kennedy is in the works.
Called Bobby Kennedy for President, the series is directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, Spies of Mississippi, Trapped) and charts Kennedy’s historic 83-day Presidential run. Executive produced by Laura Michalchyshyn and produced by RadicalMedia, Trilogy Films and LooksFilm, the eye-opening and transformative four-part series uses rare and never-before-seen archival footage – much of it digitised for the first time – along with new interviews with those that worked closely with RFK and knew him well.
“I am honored that Netflix entrusted me with a story of this scale,” says Porter. “Bobby Kennedy remains one of the most important and influential figures in American political history, and we all felt that there was no better time to study his life and legacy. We take care to closely examine his transformation from law-and-order leader to a trailblazer with a progressive focus on civil rights and social justice in a tumultuous time for the country. I gravitate to making films that shed a light on truth and justice, and RFK’s story inspires me personally, and has helped me grow as a filmmaker and a citizen.”
Bobby’s passion and vision helped his brother John get elected President, sparked a country’s conscience, guided the nation through terrifying crises, and inspired a generation. He was Attorney General, a United States Senator, and a candidate for President. RFK also riled the establishment as he sharpened his political acumen, and challenged America to become the best version of itself. Bobby Kennedy For President examines the impact of the “Bobby Phenomenon”, and the continuing influence of one of the United States most iconic figures, whose life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated on 6th June 1968 at age 42.
With new interviews with RFK confidantes and staffers, including Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Neil Gallagher, Dolores Huerta, Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, Paul Schrade, Franklin A. Thomas, William Arnone, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman, Porter reveals anew what America gained and what it lost in the life, vision, politics, and enduring legacy of Bobby Kennedy.
The series will premiere on Netflix globally on 27th April.
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