HBO has announced the premiere of the feature-length documentary Four Hours at the Capitol, about the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Four Hours at the Capitol will debut on October 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The 90-minute film is described as a “harrowing and immersive” look at the insurrection, which saw hundreds of Americans from across the country assemble in Washington D.C. to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. With the stated goal of disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s presidency, the gathering quickly turned violent, leaving five people dead and more than 140 police injured. The film promises to examine questions about the political divide in the U.S., the culpability of those involved and the fragility of an electoral process fundamental to a functioning democracy.
The documentary features never-before-seen phone videos, surveillance and body camera footage, as well as first-hand accounts from lawmakers, staffers, police officers, protesters and the rioters who stormed the Capitol building, detailing how the violence escalated, leaving security forces outnumbered and overwhelmed. Interviewees include Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Buddy Carter and Rep. Rosa DeLauro; senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin; and D.C. Metropolitan police officers Mike Fanone, Jimmy Albright and Daniel Hodges, among others.
Four Hours at the Capitol is an HBO Documentary Film presentation in association with the BBC. It’s executive produced by Dan Reed (HBO’s Leaving Neverland, 3 Days of Terror: the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Terror At The Mall) for HBO and directed by Jamie Roberts. Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive produce for HBO, with Anna Klein serving as coordinating producer.