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TIFF Long Take - Ep. 39: Why Documentaries Mean More in the Age of Trump

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Nov 10, 2017

On the first anniversary of Donald Trump's election victory, Rob sits down with documentarian Greg Barker to discuss how documentaries fit into a "post-truth" world. Greg’s new film, The Final Year, looks back on the last year of Barack Obama's administration.

The two talk about why the Obama years already feel like ancient history (3:15), why Greg wanted to humanize the foreign policy process (5:20), and how he ended up with a film that even Trump supporters will enjoy (7:00).

Greg also talks about the experience of filming the reaction on election night (15:15), how documentaries are a response to the shortcomings of modern journalism (17:00), and why the form has a greater role to play than ever before (19:10).

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