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American Dharma

Errol Morris

EnglishUSA201895 min

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Overview

The inimitable Errol Morris was a personal favorite of the Denver Film Society’s late artistic director Brit Withey; many of his acclaimed documentaries have screened at the festival over the decades.


Now, the director of The Thin Blue Line; Fast, Cheap & Out of Control; The Fog of War; and The Unknown Known, to name just a few, is back. For American Dharma, he sits down with Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News and CEO of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.


Bannon, dressed in a faux-military jacket and seated in what appears to be an empty aircraft hangar, immediately starts reeling off his favorite films in the manner of a folksy drunk at the local bar before launching into the Eastern concept of dharma and how it has thrust upon him the role of “apocalyptic nationalist” in the vein of characters played by, for instance, John Wayne in The Searchers and Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai. Morris gently prods Bannon with questions about his time as an investment banker and his brief tenure as the White House chief strategist while incendiary Breitbart headlines and footage from 2017’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville flash across the screen in a mostly silent rebuke. The result will be irresistible to political junkies, blood-boiling for anyone who has deliberately avoided the news over the past few years—and required viewing for presidential candidates hoping to defeat Trump in 2020.

Producer: Robert Fernandez, Steven Hathaway, Errol Morris, Marie Savare, P.J. van Sandwijk | Editor: Steven Hathaway | Cinematographer: Igor Martinovic
Cast: Steve Bannon
Additional Countries: UK

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