With the insightful and revealing documentary The Diplomat, David Holbrooke attempts the seemingly insurmountable: capturing the legacy of his larger-than-life father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, while traveling across the globe to reveal an inside view of U.S. foreign policy. Holbrooke’s career spanned fifty years of American foreign policy. The documentary takes us behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended, including in Vietnam, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
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Interviewing an impressive array of world leaders (including the sitting presidents of Afghanistan and Bosnia), David grapples with Holbrooke’s public versus private personas, creating a sensitive portrait of fatherhood, ambition, and the force required to affect change throughout the world. An HBO Documentary Film.
Of special interest: The Diplomat features a very personal interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as interviews with Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Diane Sawyer, General David Petreaus and many more. Interviews with General Wesley Clark and journalist Roger Cohen were filmed on location in Bosnia, while Dexter Filkins traveled with the production to Afghanistan.
Note: HBO will air the film this fall in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia and was one of Richard Holbrooke’s greatest foreign policy achievements.
David Holbrooke (Director) is a filmmaker and Festival Director of Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO since 2008. His last film,Hard as Nails, aired on HBO in December 2007. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me, Time for a New God and A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called "Original Thinkers." Other notable projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producing The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world and previously, worked extensively in television news, producing long- form pieces for "The Today Show," CBS News and CNN. David has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife and three kids.
Stacey Reiss (Producer) is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced documentaries and long form programs for HBO, NBC, WNET, CNBC, National Geographic and The Weather Channel. Her current documentaries include The Diplomat, and It's Me, Hilary, about the “Eloise” book illustrator; both documentaries will air on HBO in 2015. She produced I Knew It Was You, about the late actor John Cazale (“Fredo" in the Godfather movies) which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2010 and Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, about the Jewish leader who helped organize the March on Washington. Stacey writes, directs and produces for the documentary series Treasures of New York on WNET (PBS in New York.) For more than a decade at Dateline NBC, Stacey produced award-winning documentaries, breaking news reports and network specials. Credits include The Last Days of Jesus, Vision Quest (Front Page award, Best Documentary) and The Long Road Home (Emmy award). She also produces documentary style campaigns for corporate clients which have included KKR, Comcast, the Reebok Foundation and Diageo. Stacey holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a Harvard Medical School Journalism Fellow. Her Brooklyn based company, Stacey Reiss Productions, specializes in producing non-fiction content.
Writer and Director: David Holbrooke
Producer: Stacey Reiss
Editor: Seth Bomse
For HBO Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
For HBO Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham
Executive Producers: Scott Berrie, Tom Freston, Barbara and Andrew Gundlach, Marshall Sonenshine, Louis Venezia
Original Score: Graham Reynolds
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Source: The Diplomat Film