‘Be energized:’ Director Greg Barker on documenting the final year of Obama’s presidency

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) in New York September 25, 2014. With Obama from left are Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR47OI6
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At its core, “The Final Year” is a film about people. It’s a journey through the lives and experiences of civil servants at the highest levels of government. It’s a window into what their lives are like — how they process and make decisions, how the gears of bureaucracy grind each day, what the mental and emotional tugs and toll of negotiation and international strategy feel like and how shared values can bind human beings together in the name of collective mission and purpose.
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Remembering Tilikum: the public impact of documentary ‘Blackfish’

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About a week ago, in the early hours of Jan. 6, Tilikum — Seaworld’s best-known orca and the star of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary “Blackfish” — died at age 36. Captured wild in Icelandic waters, Tilikum was long known as the notorious perpetrator of three homicides over a period of
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