HBO US to air documentary on Joe Biden's first year as US President

It is directed by John Maggio and produced by Caroline Cannon & Caroline Pahl.

Mumbai: In the recently released trailer, HBO announced a documentary, Year One: A Political Odyssey, which chronicles Biden’s first year as US president.

The documentary is directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker John Maggio, executive produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist David Sanger, and produced by Caroline Cannon and Caroline Pahl. HBO’s Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller serve as executive producers, while Tina Nguyen is the senior producer. It is set to debut on 19 October on HBO and HBO Max.

Bookended by Inauguration Day 2021 and the state of the union speech of March 2022, this is a front-seat account of the Biden administration's tense first year, marked by security threats both at home and abroad. Assuming office only two weeks after the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol, Biden's presidency entered the maelstrom of an ongoing global pandemic, renewed conflicts with Russia and China, and America's international standing in decline.

The documentary follows the US President's inner circle, taking viewers inside the White House, the State Department, the CIA, and the Pentagon, while it dives deep into America's response to a number of unfolding historical events: the effort to immunise a nation against an ever-morphing pandemic; continued divisiveness following 6 January; the withdrawal from Afghanistan; the rise of autocratic regimes across the globe; and increasingly adversarial relations with two nuclear superpowers: Russia and China. Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022 became the crucible by which America's fragile alliances were measured-and created new forms of nuclear menace. The documentary explores each developing situation with chronological immediacy and intimate, unprecedented access to Biden's cabinet members, tracing history as it happens.

It combines archival news footage with revealing insider interviews with key players from Biden's cabinet, providing contemporaneous accounts of history in the making. Participants include secretary of state Antony Blinken; national security advisor Jake Sullivan; secretary of defence Lloyd Austin; CIA director William Burns; White House chief of staff Ron Klain; special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry; White House press secretary Jen Psaki; counsellor to the president Jeff Zeints; representatives Adam Schiff and Jim Jordan; senator Chris Coons; journalists; global ambassadors; and covid-19 advisors. David E. Sanger of The New York Times guides the interpretation of the fast-moving events in global politics.

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