Nobody benefited from the surprising outcome of the 2016 presidential election more than Steve Bannon, the firebrand alt-right figure who parlayed his oversight of Donald Trump’s campaign into a short-lived run as a senior advisor to the President of the United States.
In Errol Morris’s “American Dharma,” the filmmaker confronts Bannon about his dramatic rise and the terrifying connotations of what it might portend for America’s future.
The documentary premiered last fall at the Venice International Film Festival and ended 2018 without U.S. distribution, landing a spot on IndieWire’s list of the best undistributed movies of the year.
In an interview with IndieWire last October, Morris expressed his frustration over backlash to the documentary, which largely involved questions of whether the filmmaker should have sat down with Bannon in the first place. “I could never imagine that people would say I was promoting Stephen K. Bannon or endorsing his views. That’s a surprise,” he said. “The ethics thing, to me, is not a terribly interesting argument. Sorry.”
New distributor Utopia recently acquired “American Dharma” and the documentary will open in limited release on November 1.
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