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The Final Year

The Final Year is a movie starring Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, and John Kerry. A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Other Titles
Obama: O Último Ano
Running Time
1 hours 29 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Greg Barker
Actors
John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

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Brittany

The Honorable F-word is a descriptor of torture in nearly every language and in every era. It is the most reviled word in the English language. Its use has led to a lifetime of hate that has made words like cr*p and f*g his their own. The world will never have an entire era without some form of this hatred. And the final year was a formative and an inevitable one. These 11 people needed to heal themselves from the terrible thing that was wrought upon them. There is no mention of the real reasons for the war, the economy, or even the Bush family. However, I believe that the foundation of the film is a realization that this was not the choice of the nation at all. This was a terrible mistake from its inception. That this thing should come to pass should be a mystery to all except the people who lost loved ones and loved ones who lost loved ones. The carnage caused should not be forgotten by any civilized country. The riots from all sides must never be forgotten. The battles must never be forgotten. These men lost their lives in the face of tyranny, and their lives will never be forgotten.

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Judy T.

It is a well crafted documentary about a young woman from that period in her life, who was so dramatic in her marriage and so antagonistic towards her husband, that it was just impossible to know how the next day could end up, and the balance of his work, her job and what she could do in the mornings. The majority of the film focuses on the issue of domestic violence in the late 60's and early 70's. The documentary ends with the interview with a professional who has a good opinion on it.

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Debra Vasquez

After the peak of their lives and their ambition, both men struggle with the pressures of their country's system and society. The two have different views of what their country should be. David Goyer is on the verge of retiring and will eventually be invited to come to California, where he will be working on a story about the lives of the so-called dead. At the same time, Alan Partridge (David Mitchell) struggles to find an audience in his new country. He runs an online casino and doesn't seem to be able to convince anyone to play. The men both fear they will be written off by the establishment and can't wait for the big occasion. While he has no concrete plans, he seems to be on the verge of writing his best "Where's Waldo" appearance yet. As they complete their tasks, neither one is left with anything to feel good about. It is sad to think that they will have to wait another year for another chance. Not because one has come up with a solution and the other has not, but because there is so much to be positive about, when these two have had so much in their lives. What they say can be taken as a scientific assessment of the actual quality of their work. In some ways, it sounds harsh, but it is an incredibly positive view of the life and choices that these two have made. It has a pretty good message, though one that is also somewhat pessimistic. Alan Partridge's "Final Year" may seem like it is mostly negative, but it is certainly an exceptional story about the ultimate things that happen to most of the human race, including the dead. It can be quite inspiring when a man, however late in life, is in a position where he does not seem to be able to take advantage of any opportunities presented to him. It is not easy to say that he has finally found his voice. It is just not something he should have taken for granted. He could have used some advice from someone who has lived the dream for them, or of his friends. There are countless factors that contribute to this dilemma, not just a simple lack of financial resources. Even though it is from David Mitchell, it is clear that the conversation is not only shared by people of both men's ages. It can even be compared to that with a father who lost his son to a gun shot, so he is the one talking to this specific younger man who is trying to emulate his father. It is the ultimate irony that we take for granted the things that we most value in life and that the ones who have them most often are the ones that live on in the most amazing way. Not just because of their talent, but because of the sacrifices they have made to get there

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William W.

Thanks to HBO I saw "The Final Year" for the first time last night. As I was watching the film, I heard one of the producers of the film, and had a long conversation with him on the phone afterwards. After hearing his thoughts I can only say that "The Final Year" was far better than I had expected it to be. As a film it was at least as good as any of the movies it was nominated for. As a documentary it was even better. It does make a lot of great points about the effects of the Vietnam war, about how the ending of the war was so bad, and about how many of the young people were affected by it. The documentary itself is really fascinating and told in a thoughtful way. The interviewees are all excellent and interesting people and it is certainly worth seeing.

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Philip A.

I haven't watched a documentary in over a decade. I was looking for something to start my 7th year of college, and this was what came to mind. I could have enjoyed it more but, it was so good that it ruined the experience for me. I saw the documentary in the theater and walked out laughing and a little confused. It is definitely worth watching if you have time to kill. If not, just watch it. For it is a major kick in the teeth for a lot of people. There is more to the story than I am giving you. You won't forget about it. I plan on seeing this film for a long time, and I hope my younger brother sees it and doesn't walk out of it a radical leftist. I'm a conservative so it's probably his interpretation of the film. However, I don't really have to waste my time trying to understand his interpretation. I liked the characters, their portrayal was realistic and it had a touch of realism that was lacking in a lot of documentaries. My sister thought the only thing missing was the College itself. It seemed like most people had all the answers. (Which you can't even find out the answer to in the movie, that's a great omission). I have been very critical of the liberal bias in documentaries, however, this one was just as bad. I would recommend it to those who are looking for a different perspective of history.

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Russell

I watched this documentary as a history major in college. I don't know if it was the subject matter or what, but I didn't want to see a movie on the Iraq War so I chose this one. Even though I'm sure there are many good points in this movie, the fact of the matter is that it's a documentary. That said, I think the character development is pretty solid and it's interesting how they wrote this movie. There's no love for anyone so there's no very good character, no characterization, just a personal story, and even when they do present the "the purpose" of the war, it's pretty vague. There are a lot of things that were still unknown to me, such as how bad the media was, how vicious the family members were. I still don't know what to make of that. Overall, I'm glad I watched it, but the fact is that I didn't really know how the war was going to end. I thought it was going to be a long process, but I still don't know how it was going to end, or why everyone in it fought so hard to get out of there.

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Madison

As with all of my videos, I've set the length of the title in advance of the film's duration. It's not a critical length but I was curious to see how the film would progress and how the viewer would progress through the event of making their final year. As one in the final year I looked forward to the final hour of the film. The subject of making a film is of course a subjective subject and the point of the film should be a critical one of the subject in question. Unfortunately, for many of us, the film was only being used as a vehicle to tell a story. As such, the media had no more interest in what was going on than the students. I suppose the story was very exciting to many people but I certainly feel a little bit more sympathy for the students because of what a privilege it is to have made it to that point. The filmmakers do a great job of capturing the students, families and their families during the course of the film. They capture the excitement and sorrow of the last year especially the parents and grandparents. The things they did over the course of the year are riveting to watch. As well as the students themselves, the filmmakers capture the nature of the institution which is the university itself. The university can be a very limiting environment for many people. While the students seemed to have it easy while at the university, the culture of the institution was harsh. The senior vice president and president were shown as being more rigid than the faculty, the faculty being lax and some of the students learning that life is not really so easy. The university was a reminder of what happened over the last year and how difficult it was for the students to keep their minds in their studies. In the last hour of the film, the students themselves speak about some of the difficulties they had to face. One student says he felt like an "alley cat", the other student says he was "sick of all the crap" and that it "took its toll". Both student spoke of the burden they were carrying and how they couldn't seem to do anything about it. The students themselves were very open about their frustrations with the university. They spoke of the stress on the new seniors and how they must have been feeling restless since school started. The students themselves were the most honest and honest, trying their hardest to do the best they could with what they were given. The students themselves were more open with the cameras and much more accepting of what was happening to them and the fact that they couldn't think of anything to do with it. One student, Emma, stated that she didn't know where she was going to go, while another student, Kelly, said that she couldn't keep any interest in what she was

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Jesse Diaz

I saw this documentary just a couple of days ago, and it still sticks in my mind. I believe that a documentary like this does more to reveal something of a person than any review. I found it a brilliant movie, one which sheds light on a subject that is of the utmost importance and does so without trivializing a very complex and challenging subject matter. I strongly urge you to watch this documentary. It will not disappoint you.

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Sean

I was fortunate enough to attend the screening at the Sundance Festival of "The Final Year," directed by Art Tatum and written by Alan Hughes. This movie represents the true story of a group of boys that committed suicide in high school, but were sent home and allowed to become adult characters. The film is based on the novel by Lucy Dacus, the screenplay was by Tatum, and the photography was by Charles Lohman. A professor in the film discusses how life was simply "beachcombing," and how people used their time as they saw fit. The film explores the students' own memories of the events leading up to the suicide, and the breakdown in the family in which they were living, with the importance of a strong father figure as an important role model in addition to being an example of friendship. There is also a discussion of the cultural background of the suicide and the cultural marginalization of homosexuality, which the movie touches on, but in a different way than the professor describes. After the screening, a student asked the professor if the film was a "cop out," and what he saw as the "fabrication of scenes" was more prevalent in some of the scenes than in others. We can only guess what the professor saw, but we are told that the movie is a story that is universal. It tells us that life is as fleeting as it is beautiful, and that even the most powerful people can be defined as "the people who are damaged."

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John

A commentary on the memory and love of the dead at a college film festival. As many films in this genre, I have seen many wonderful films that leave me a little breathless. This film is a different beast. At first I was a little confused as to whether or not it was supposed to be a tribute or a documentary. When I realized that it was supposed to be a tribute, I felt conflicted. So many films with a similar theme do not depict the gay relationship but at least those films focus on the person's love for a romantic interest. I understand that many people love this film but I do not feel as though I have seen the whole film. When the film was over, I did not feel as though I had any particular experience. However, I felt that I could learn something about the film as well. It is like you were sitting at the same place with the same people but not knowing them but at the same time you have known them for a year. You just miss them by the films briefness. The film attempts to be a tribute to the lesbian/gay relationship but the story is not told. The purpose of the film is to present a kind of home-grown love story with real person-to-person interviews. But the film lacks one important ingredient. Yes, they have real people but the persons also have personalities that cannot be found in a film. There is a natural lack of sophistication in such interviews. This film can be considered a gay story about a lesbian relationship. Yet, there is not a gay story in this film. You can see that the person who created this film, Christina Cox, is not gay. The reason for this is that Christina Cox is quite obviously a heterosexual. She plays herself, the protagonist, a woman in her twenties, who is a writer and has a long-term relationship with a man. But even as the film depicts a love story between two people of the same gender, Cox makes a conscious effort to present herself as bisexual and explore the possibilities of relationships between two women of the same gender. In the end, the film is not a tribute to gay relationships. It is a tribute to the real lives of people who do not live the gay stereotype. So the film lacks one of the essential ingredients of a tribute film. Yet, it is an extraordinary film, and not even for the gay community. I think that there are many people who would enjoy this film. It is a film that would resonate with people of all ages. I recommend it to anyone who has ever had a close friend or family member who is gay.

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Johnny

The Final Year (2017) is a stunning and unflinching portrait of four accomplished people who were/are in college or, in this case, in college in 1977. I'm in my late thirties, and the students I studied with/worked with at Lehigh University are my own age. I didn't expect to be completely captivated by their stories and emotions. On the other hand, they were also extremely supportive of me, encouraging me to start a blog. To me, the film is an artistic, psychological, and emotional journey to heal the wounds of pain and suffering. They are my heroes, and for me, I can't find a single flaw in their motivations and execution. I have a special connection with my classmates. I'm sure that I could relate to their pain and struggle. As an artist, I try to make the world more beautiful for these people. I try to remember to paint the people and places as they truly were, without exaggerating and twisting the facts or passing them off as a fantasy. What these people did was heroic and brilliant. Their lives would have been utterly wasted without the support of their peers. I believe that they would have fallen into a darker depression and self-hatred if it weren't for the people they encountered. But it doesn't have to be an heroic life. A perfect life and perfect people should be enough.

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Arthur Reynolds

A truly inspiring and inspirational documentary. This documentary was one of the very first documentaries I ever saw and it was the first film that I would see to inspire me to go on and pursue my dream of becoming an actor. This is what the Academy is in the process of doing to the Academy, to get better and better and achieve something that will remain with all generations of the movie audience. This documentary in my opinion, is the best documentary that I have ever seen. With its content, pacing, and some stunning actors and filmmakers this documentary will have everyone talking about this and anyone else's efforts to make a film. If you are in the realm of movie making, it is a MUST SEE. If you are aspiring to be an actor, it is a MUST SEE.

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Diane

As an amateur historian, I learned of the shooting of Hal Horn's father on 22 June 1941 in Rome. My family has been saddened by this terrible tragedy. This film, based on a book of the same name, gives a very thorough overview of the story. I saw this at a lecture last night at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. It is a MUST SEE.

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Elizabeth Thompson

It is a great story of a family, together with a couple of supportive characters. It is made clear how do you look after a child when there is a crisis, how you have to decide between good and bad. It is a very moving story about all the families in the world who have to deal with a child's problems. One parent with issues, for example, cannot be with the child due to marital problems, some will choose other children, but there will be enough time to prepare for the future when the children need the dad. I hope it will raise awareness for this kind of crisis. It will open my eyes for how important are the care of children.

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Ryan Carter

I'd heard a lot about this book but had never read it. I enjoyed this documentary even if it was a little atypical of typical documentaries. I particularly enjoyed the interview with Alice Donovan-Raz, author of the book. She's a wonderful writer, and the documentary used all her story and her original manuscript. Her son who was paralyzed, tells her story with his own words. He has a remarkable story. In the documentary, you can see that even though his story has been told before, and his loss is a very common one. But he takes the time to express his feelings and feelings for his family and for himself. It's such a great story, and such a good story told. It was a special experience to me to see the little boy in the film, and the documentary was very touching and informative about his past. I would suggest this movie to everyone, and would recommend to my friends to see it.

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Philip

I was particularly impressed with the flexibility of the film and the amount of detailed footage that was provided. It is difficult to pick a single scene that stood out for me, but it was all there, and each time I was able to listen to the recording again and again. I had the opportunity to interview most of the participants and all of the interviewees have made the film the best educational resource for their careers. I was particularly impressed by the support they were able to give to their retired teachers. It is very well-done and, at times, disturbing to see just how closely the teachers resembled their students. I loved the discussion about how they made changes and worked with the new administration, and I loved their willingness to provide feedback to the school board. The teachers and administrators were all wonderfully gracious and had excellent dialogue throughout. I was happy that it was very comprehensive and that it included the feedback that was given by the retired teachers, the principals, the former students, and the current students. I am sure there are many teachers and other educators that will gain a lot from this film. In particular, I am glad that more attention has been given to the very high attrition rates among teachers in the district, and I am pleased that the staff is aware of these. In short, the film is a great resource for teachers, administrators, students, and all other stakeholders. I am really hoping it can be put on PBS to spread the word of what is going on in our schools.

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Melissa Hawkins

As a high schooler living in Cambridge Massachusetts I wish I could watch more student film. I am a student of history and a school administrator. It is my obligation to do this documentary to educate the people that can get it in a way that educates the people that can't get it. I personally think students are the best people to make movies and this is the first documentary that I have seen that shows just how great student film can be. The students were talented in their videos and the teachers were great in their teaching and in their helping the students make the movie. I would highly recommend this documentary and especially this student film that is going to change the way people see the film from them. So many more students are going to watch this movie than just the ones that can get it. It is my personal belief that the student film will have a much bigger impact then just the student that can get it. It is very interesting that most of these students are older adults but they have been around at the same school for about ten years. But, for them to be able to find the money to make a movie is very impressive. If you have any interest in student film you should see this documentary. It is a documentary that will make you see the difference between student and teacher and see how great student film can be.

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Jane G.

A brilliant short documentary about the life of Malcom McDormand. I have seen this film 2 times now. I loved it both times. The humor is wry and insightful. You can see the actors sitting around the table enjoying their natural abilities. The best part is when the writers joke with each other and McDormand and his wife. If you're a fan of the director's work, then you will like this movie.

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Joyce

I saw this movie at the very end of its run. I will never forget it. It takes a really special film to make you forget that you are watching the same movie you've seen all along. This film takes a very special kind of film, and makes you forget it for at least a year. When the show comes back, you can feel it in your heart and you'll thank the producers and staff, but you will be in awe.

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Anthony Turner

I did not know the Jacksons existed until recently. I do not know that much about their professional career. I am happy to say that I have seen a lot of documentaries and even had the opportunity to watch a documentary about them before watching this film. As a reviewer, I was also very surprised at the quality of this documentary. The story and the documentary style are absolutely perfect. The best documentary I have ever seen! I recommend watching this film over and over. There is a lot of information and a lot of information never seen before about these two men. I'm sure that even a little bit of information about Jacksons' career will allow you to enjoy the film even more. Jacksons, for their part, deserve this award. And for what it is, a highly enjoyable film that will surprise you. I hope you enjoy this film and can find the time to watch this as well. It is much more than a documentary about Jacksons.