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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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