Susan Rice

'The Final Year' captures the closing stretch of Obama's presidency — and the rise of a new order

'The Final Year' captures the closing stretch of Obama's presidency — and the rise of a new order

In “The Final Year,” filmmaker Greg Barker rides shotgun with the principals of then-President Obama’s foreign policy team as they hopscotch the globe in the waning days of his administration. The director intended to make a campaign film like "The War Room," which followed Bill Clinton's rise to the White House, "but in reverse," he said, to capture the emotion and drama inside a presidency that was rushing to the finish line.

Then his paean to policy-making got a startling third-act twist: Donald Trump.

“I’ve never had a film where the experience of watching it is so changed by the mood or politics of the moment,” said Barker, whose narrative chugs toward...

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