A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
By tracking the life of Bobby Kennedy, a viewer gets a primer on the issues of civil rights, workers rights, and rural and urban poverty.
The documentary's focus on the social issues of the 60s highlights the need to treat others like equals.
Positive Role Models
Realistic presentation of Robert Kennedy. Filmmakers don't gloss over his early days as a part of the McCarthy hearings and his questionable decision to wiretap Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., but use those events as counterpoints to show his evolution into a vocal, tenacious advocate for people of color and the poor. Also shown are other political role models, including Cesar Chavez, MLK, and Dolores Huerta.
Violence & Scariness
Archival footage of racial violence is shown. Footage of severely wounded soldiers and Vietnamese citizens is shown. The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., are discussed. The assassination of Robert Kennedy is shown with some graphic detail.
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Archival footage depicts people using racist language, including the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Archival footage shows how in the sixties practically everyone smoked cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bobby Kennedy for President is an engaging and illuminating documentary series that covers the public life of Bobby Kennedy. It begins with his role as attorney general in JFK's cabinet, through his senate career and run for the U.S. presidency. It also depicts his role as an early champion for civil rights, which means there's some archival footage of racial violence and of Kennedy's opponents using vulgar, racist language. It's not always easy to watch, but politically active teens or those with an interest in civics and American history may find this series of interest, and it's bound to spark questions about cultural shifts in America since the 1960s.
Is It Any Good?
Eye-opening, honest, and human, this documentary is an informative and ultimately incredibly emotional look at the public life and death of Robert Kennedy. Bobby Kennedy for President doesn't paint him as a saint: It confronts how his early involvement with Joseph McCarthy and his advocating the wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr. would cast a long shadow of distrust over the course of his career, especially among people of color. The filmmakers use present-day interviews with people who worked with Kennedy to drive the narrative and then deploy archival footage to show Kennedy in action. This combination of documentary tactics helps the series ground the subject and keep it from becoming a fawning portrait of an idealized character. We're not just hearing myths about a great man, we're hearing the stories and then seeing him living them out, with the reality often outshining the legend.
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