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MIPCOM Picks 2012 Best in Show: Barack Obama – Great Expectations

This special, directed by William Karel (Looking for Nicolas Sarkozy), brings together members of U.S. president Barack Obama's team and top political analysts to review the highs and lows of his first (and perhaps only) term as Commander in Chief.
September 25, 2012

Partners: Flach Film for France 2, RTL TVI, TV5 Monde, RTS, Al Arabiya News Channel, SBS, VPRO, NRK, RSI, RTP and LTV; distributed by ZED.

Length: 2 x 52 minutes | Rights available: Worldwide

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president of the United States, and its first African American president. It was seen not only as a victory for the Democrats, but for American citizens hungry for change. With a campaign that centered on a four-letter-word, “hope,” Obama and his team galvanized a sizable chunk of the electorate, with “Obamamania” even spreading beyond U.S. borders.

That was then. Four years later, the incumbent is fighting to retain the top office in the wake of recent economic meltdowns, a lengthy war, and what U.S. Senator John Kerry calls “the greatest obstructionism in the history of the Congress.” This special, directed by William Karel (Looking for Nicolas Sarkozy), brings together members of Obama’s team and top political analysts to review the highs and lows of Obama’s first (and perhaps only) term as Commander in Chief. The insights reveal much, not only about the inner workings of the president, but also of the American political machine.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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