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Netflix documentary Bobby Kennedy for President to premiere in April

Tuesday, March 20th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Half a century after Robert F Kennedy declared his candidacy for President of the United States, a new documentary promises to shed new light on a fascinating and remarkable time in American politics.

The four-part series Bobby Kennedy for President is the latest work from acclaimed director Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, Spies of Mississippi, Trapped) and will launch globally on Netflix on 27 April.

As well as helping his brother get elected President, Bobby Kennedy was variously Attorney General, a US senator and himself a presidential candidate.

But 83 days after announcing his campaign, Kennedy’s life was cut tragically short on 6 June, 1968 when he was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

This documentary features rare and never-before-seen archive footage as well as new interviews with confidantes and staffers who worked closely with RFK and knew him well.

Interviewees include Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Neil Gallagher, Dolores Huerta, Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, Paul Schrade, Franklin A. Thomas, William Arnone, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman.

'No better time to study his life'

“I am honored that Netflix entrusted me with a story of this scale,” said Porter.

“Bobby Kennedy remains one of the most important and influential figures in American political history, and we all felt that there was no better time to study his life and legacy.

“We take care to closely examine his transformation from law-and-order leader to a trailblazer with a progressive focus on civil rights and social justice in a tumultuous time for the country. I gravitate to making films that shed a light on truth and justice, and RFK’s story inspires me personally, and has helped me grow as a filmmaker and a citizen.”

Other political documentaries on Netflix include The Final Year, which follows Barack Obama and his foreign policy team across 21 nations throughout his last term in office, and Race for the White House, which uses archive footage and interviews with experts to look at six of the most iconic US presidential campaigns.

Right now you can also watch Fahrenheit 9/11, in which Michael Moore offers his version of events surround 9/11.

Of course, in order to watch any of these documentaries you’ll need a Netflix account. Setting yourself up on a 30-day trial is free, after that you’ll pay one of three monthly prices depending on the subscription you choose.

A basic subscription lets you watch in standard definition on only one screen at a time and costs £5.99. The standard package allows you to watch in HD on two screens and costs £7.99. A premium subscription is £9.99 and gives you access to Ultra HD content where it’s available as well as allowing you to watch on four screens at once.

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