Over the past two years, Chimerica Media have been given exclusive and unparalleled access to conduct a series of interviews with Henry Kissinger and to film him on a series of foreign ...
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Over the past two years, Chimerica Media have been given exclusive and unparalleled access to conduct a series of interviews with Henry Kissinger and to film him on a series of foreign trips to China, Israel and Russia. This feature documentary will combine excerpts from the extensive interviews with extraordinary contemporary archive. The result will be a unique insight into the mind and personality of the man who, more than any other single individual, shaped the foreign policy of the United States - not only during his time in office, but afterwards, when he continued to act as consigliere to successive presidents as well as to governments around the world. A man who remains the most controversial figure in American public life.Written by
This is the programme of the week. In a superbly shot and edited feature-length documentary, the historian Niall Ferguson interviews Henry Kissinger and allows the diplomat known as "the private emissary for everything" to look back on his career with barely a hint of regret, far less repentance. "I certainly would go that same direction again," he says, "painful as some of the aspects of it were." He talks about the necessity to counter the threat from communism, the bombing of Cambodia ("It was the right decision that had to be taken"), the Nixon visit to China, the arms limitation agreement with the Russians, the impact of Watergate and the fall of South Vietnam. "I am unreconstructed in my conviction that Vietnam did not have to fall. We did that to ourselves." His description of liberating the concentration camp at Hannover-Ahlem at the end of the Second World War is deeply moving, and so — oddly enough — is his description of how Nixon asked him to pray in the Oval Office just before he resigned. The only time that he seems unsettled is when challenged over his support of the loathsome Pinochet regime in Chile. Like him or loathe him, it is a rare first-hand perspective on modern history.
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