March 16, 2018
Netflix will bow the original documentary series Bobby Kennedy for President globally on April 27.
The announcement was made on the same day Robert F. Kennedy declared his candidacy for president of the United States in the U.S. senate caucus room 50 years ago on March 16, 1968.
Dawn Porter directs the four-part series exploring the legacy of RFK, who served the country as attorney general and senator and, as a candidate for president, was assassinated on June 6, 1968, at age 42. The series utilizes rare and never-before-seen archival footage — much of it digitized for the first time — along with new interviews with those that worked closely with RFK and knew him well, including Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Neil Gallagher, Dolores Huerta, Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, Paul Schrade, Franklin A. Thomas, William Arnone, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman.
“I am honored that Netflix entrusted me with a story of this scale,” Porter said in a statement. “Bobby Kennedy remains one of the most important and influential figures in American political history, and we all felt that there was no better time to study his life and legacy. We take care to closely examine his transformation from law-and-order leader to a trailblazer with a progressive focus on civil rights and social justice in a tumultuous time for the country. I gravitate to making films that shed a light on truth and justice, and RFK’s story inspires me personally, and has helped me grow as a filmmaker and a citizen.”