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American Dharma: How Steve Bannon helped Trump win in 2016

A very topical film, given the events at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. An exposé of Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former strategist

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Ever more topical, given the recent events in the US, one of iwonder's exclusive documentaries - American Dharma - provides context.

American Dharma is an exclusive interview by Errol Morris, Oscar-winning documentarian, with Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former strategist.

In the film, Steve Bannon reveals how the Trump campaign realised that you can "weaponize" the comment section on Facebook. And aggressively micro-target voters.

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Academy Award winning documentary legend Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) turns his focus to interviewing alt-right figurehead Steve Bannon, former advisor and 2016 campaign manager to Donald Trump. Under review are the controversial tactics and associations Bannon employed in the r…

Former White House Chief Strategist, CEO of the 2016 Trump campaign and executive chairman of the far-right news site Breitbart News, Steve Bannon sits down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris for an extensive interview.

Through his role as advisor to Donald Trump, many describe Bannon as “the architect of Trumpism.”

Morris takes a number of Bannon’s favourite films (including Henry King’s Twelve O'Clock High, John Ford’s The Searchers and Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight) as a means of delving into Bannon’s world view and feelings about Trump.

Born into a “hardcore Democratic family”, we learn of the ideas that shaped Bannon into a leading figure of the alt-right, and his role in Trump’s election.

Morris is critical, but avoids direct attacks in his interview, and the result is openness on Bannon’s part: this is Bannon according to Bannon.

The filmmaker describes the film as a “horror film”, with a fascinating villain in the leading role, too dangerous to ignore.

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External reviews:

“American Dharma,” Reviewed: Errol Morris Lets Steve Bannon Off the Hook
Richard Brody writes on “American Dharma,” the director Errol Morris’s documentary featuring interviews with Steve Bannon, which screened twice at the New York Film Festival.
Review: In ‘American Dharma,’ Steve Bannon gleefully reflects on the election of President Trump
Documentarian Errol Morris connects with the erstwhile Trump strategist for a feature-length one-on-one sitdown.
American Dharma (2019)
Focusing on the alt-right figurehead and former advisor to Donald J.Trump, Stephen K.Bannon this interview-style documentary reviews the controversial tactics and associations he employed in the realm of politics in the past, and his present day opinions on the American economy.

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