Our Fellows have directed and produced a number of award-winning documentaries and films.
We Got Him
Peter Bergen's book Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad was turned into an HBO documentary that won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. “We Got Him”: President Obama, Bin Laden, and the Future of the War on Terror, aired on CNN in 2016 on the fifth anniversary of the raid the killed Osama Bin Laden, featured the first sit-down interview with President Obama in the Situation Room. Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma was adopted from his book United States of Jihad. The 90-minute feature examines the threat of self-radicalized individuals in the age of ISIS, the challenge of detecting plots that can spring up wherever there’s an IP address — and the danger of overstating the threat to a public saturated by warnings about terror. Mr Bergen has produced numerous other documentaries.
The Final Year
Greg Barker, ASU Future of War Fellow, released the feature documentary The Final Year, a sweeping insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office.
Louie Palu's Kandahar Journals tells the story of his frontline coverage of combat in Kandahar from 2006 to 2010. It won the Dziga Vertov Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Chicago International Art House Film Festival, and has been screened at numerous festivals around the world, including the Doku.Arts Film Festival in Berlin, the Jihlava International Film Festival in Czech Republic, the DocsBarcelona international film festival, the Munich International Documentary Festival (where it was shortlisted for best international documentary), and the Arizona International Film Festival (where it won the festival grand prize). It has been shown at the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, where it had its US premier. The film premiered in Canada on CBC’s documentary channel in the fall of 2016. The film has been translated into German and Spanish with additional plans to distribute and screen it in Colombia, Chile, Austria and Switzerland.
The Road to Fame
Hao Wu's The Road to Fame explores the generation born starting in 1979, when China began implementing its one-child policy. The documentary tells their coming-of-age story by following a group of seniors at China's top drama academy as they stage the musical Fame in collaboration with Broadway. The students compete for roles and prepare for the future, negotiating their own definitions of success in today's China. It won the awards for best documentary feature and best editor of a documentary feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, among other honors. It has screened on PBS and can be seen on demand on Amazon.