Clint Worthington reviews “The Final Year” documentary for Consequence of Sound

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America is roughly one year into the Trump administration, and so far, it’s been an exhausting litany of petty political spats and divisive rhetoric that makes it hard to feel proud to be a citizen of this country. One could hardly be blamed for waxing nostalgic about the “good old days” of the Obama administration, flawed as they were; while many mistakes were made, and criticism of the last presidency is entirely valid, it’s hard to argue with their comparative upholding of democratic norms and values, and the wide-eyed idealism the president hoped to instill in the American people. In The Final Year, documentary filmmaker Greg Barker offers an intimate, if slightly hagiographic, look at Obama’s last year in office – one which starts in triumph, but which hindsight turns into a grand tragedy.

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