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Exclusive preview: HBO’s “The Diplomat”

Ahead of its Tribeca world premiere tonight (April 23), realscreen presents an exclusive clip of HBO Documentary Films' The Diplomat - filmmaker David Holbrooke's portrait of his father, former U.S. ambassador Richard Holbrooke.
April 23, 2015

Ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival tonight (April 23), realscreen presents an exclusive clip of HBO Documentary Films’ The Diplomat (pictured) - filmmaker David Holbrooke’s portrait of his father, former U.S. ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who helped broker the Dayton Peace Accords, ending the war in Bosnia in 1995.

Set to debut this fall on HBO and distributed internationally by Ro*co Films, The Diplomat features interviews with world leaders including Kofi Annan, Ashraf Ghani, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and considers Holbrooke’s role in maintaining America’s position as both diplomatic entity and international power player, as well as the personal sacrifices made for the job.

In the clip below, director Holbrooke meets with The New Yorker writer George Packer to uncover more of his father’s personal documents in an extensive archive.

“The modern political vernacular considers compromise a dirty word,” said Holbrooke, in a statement shared with realscreen. “My father’s story shows both the challenges and the enormous benefits to be gained when you’re willing to go down that road.”

  • The Diplomat premieres at New York’s SVA Theater 1 Silas today (April 23) at 6:30 p.m. It will next screen on Saturday (April 25) and Sunday (April 26). Please click here for more information.
  • Clip courtesy of HBO
About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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