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The Trials of Henry Kissinger

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Released 2002

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Director:
Eugene Jarecki
Released:
2002
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The Trials of Henry Kissinger is a 2002 political documentary that explores the questionable actions of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The film traces Kissinger from his boyhood flight from Nazi Germany to his powerful role in American politics as an advisor to Presidents from Lyndon B. Johnson to Richard M. Nixon. With newly declassified documents and unseen footage, the filmmakers reconsider Kissinger's behind-the-scenes actions and possibly illegal machinations that undermined peace talks with Vietnam and designed the secret bombings in Cambodia. He also played a role in inciting the violent overthrow of democratically-elected President Allende in Chile and supplying arms to Indonesia that resulted in the death of 100,000 East Timor citizens. Based on the incendiary book by writer Christopher Hitchens, the filmmakers also interview longtime Kissinger supporters like Alexander Haig and William Safire to provide both sides of the man. Director Eugene Jarecki ("Why We Fight") creates a thought-provoking analysis of America's international engagement through the study of this power player.moreless

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    History, Politics, Biography