Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 23: THE DIPLOMAT
David Holbrooke’s profile of his accomplished father had its world premiere at Tribeca this Spring. It went on to screen at San Francisco, Traverse City, Sarajevo, AFI Docs, Telluride Mountainfilm, and Jerusalem, among others.
Richard Holbrooke lived a life of public service, with a career in US foreign affairs that began with Vietnam in the 1960s and carried through to Afghanistan until his death in 2010. As detailed here, Ambassador Holbrooke worked for the Carter and Clinton administrations, famously brokered peace in the Balkans, and later tried unsuccessfully to duplicate these efforts for the Obama administration in Afghanistan. In alternate ways both an ideal and a problematic filmmaker to tell the story of Ambassador Holbrooke, his filmmaker son brings a reverential and comprehensive, but occasionally uncomfortably personal, approach to this portrait, revealing a man who devoted himself to the rest of the world, but perhaps sacrificed his family relationships in his pursuit of peaceful resolution through diplomacy.