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Divided states of America / a Frontline production with the Kirk Documentary Group ; producers, Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser, Philip Bennett, Jim Gilmore, and Gavrielle Schonder ; writers, Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser ; director, Michael Kirk.

Contributor(s): Kirk, Michael [screenwriter,, television director.] | Wiser, Mike [screenwriter.] | Lyman, Will, 1948- [narrator.] | Bennett, Philip [television producer.] | Gilmore, Jim [reporter,, television producer.] | Schonder, Gabrielle [reporter,, producer.] | Frontline Television News [production company.] | Kirk Documentary Group [production company.] | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) [broadcaster.] | PBS Distribution (Firm) [publisher.].
Material type: FilmFilmSeries: Frontline (Television program): Description: 2 videodiscs (240 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: two-dimensional moving image Media type: video Carrier type: videodiscISBN: 9781531700294; 1531700292.Subject(s): Obama, Barack -- Influence | Obama, Barack | Politics and culture -- United States | Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) | Politics and government | Political culture | United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017 | United StatesGenre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired. | Documentary television programs. | Nonfiction television programs. | Television programs -- United States. | Documentary television programs. | Nonfiction television programs. | Video recordings for the hearing impaired.DDC classification: 973.932
Contents:
Disc 1. Part one (116 min.) -- Disc 2. Part two (116 min.)
Production Credits: Director, Michael Kirk.
Narrator, Will Lyman ; reporters, Jim Gilmore and Gabrielle Schonder.Summary: Part one of an investigation into the deep political divisions and bitter polarization that grew during the Obama presidency. The film examines how President Obama's promise of change and unity collided with racial and political realities. Part two of an investigation into the deep divisions and bitter polarization that grew during the Obama presidency. The film examines racial tensions in America, the war for control of the GOP, and the growing dysfunction in Washington.
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Wide screen.

Originally broadcast on Frontline in January 17, 2017.

Disc 1. Part one (116 min.) -- Disc 2. Part two (116 min.)

Director, Michael Kirk.

Narrator, Will Lyman ; reporters, Jim Gilmore and Gabrielle Schonder.

Part one of an investigation into the deep political divisions and bitter polarization that grew during the Obama presidency. The film examines how President Obama's promise of change and unity collided with racial and political realities. Part two of an investigation into the deep divisions and bitter polarization that grew during the Obama presidency. The film examines racial tensions in America, the war for control of the GOP, and the growing dysfunction in Washington.

Rating: TVPG.

DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen; stereo.

In English with optional English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-The tagline of this film is "The Inside Story of Obama's Presidency and America's Deepening Polarization." Included are in-depth interviews with New York Times journalist Robert Draper, Wesley Lowry of the Washington Post, former U.S. Representative Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others who analyze President Obama and the current political environment. The program offers a comprehensive look into the politics behind Obama's rise to power and the election of President Donald Trump. The film details the bargaining that went on behind the scenes as various bills were passed, and the close relationship the president must forge with the House and Senate. There is extensive analysis of the rise of the Tea Party and the historic election of 2012. The first part chronicles the shutdown of Washington, DC, and the economic bailout. Other emotional events examined are the death of Trayvon Martin and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Journalists discuss the historic events, presenting an even portrayal of both Republican and Democratic issues. The program gives viewers a lot to digest and may spark conversation. It's comprehensive but might be difficult to follow for students without background knowledge of politics. It's best viewed in small doses with relevant teaching points made before and after each selection. VERDICT A thorough analysis of the Obama presidency for political science students. Suitable for more advanced audiences as well.-Ellen Frank Bayer, Flushing High School, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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