Few American diplomats in recent decades can claim as many successes as the late Richard Holbrooke. He is credited with brokering the peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia in 1995. It is not only his triumphs but his failures that are the subject of the new documentary "The Diplomat," directed by his eldest son, David.
The documentary, which debuts today (Thursday) at the Tribeca Film Festival, is causing a stir in part because it contains previously unknown audio recordings made by Holbrooke as he tried to influence the Obama Administration's policy on Afghanistan, an ultimately failed undertaking (both Holbrooke's attempts and the policy itself, one could argue. He felt the Administration's plan in Afghanistan was doomed, but he couldn't convince the President to follow his advice).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is interviewed in the film, as is her husband, Bill (Holbrooke's boss in the 1990s). Current Secretary of State John Kerry is also interviewed, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The documentary will air on HBO after its Tribeca debut.
Watch the trailer here.
Read the New York Times piece on the film here.