The Diplomat (2015)


The Diplomat is a biographical documentary film released in 2015 about former US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose five-decade career began as a Foreign Service Officer in Vietnam during the war. At the time of his death in December 2010, he was the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The documentary’s perspective is from Holbrooke’s son, David, who directed the film.

Theatrical Screenings

  • First aired on 23 April 2015 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • It was also played at additional festivals and was screened for audiences across the US and Europe.
  • Some notable screenings included AFI Docs, San Francisco International Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm.
  • The documentary aired nationally, in the US, on HBO on 02 November 2015 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement which ended the Bosnian War.
David Holbrooke (left) and his father Richard Holbrooke (right)

Television Screenings

  • Released in the US (Tribeca) on 23 April 2015.
  • Released in the US (nationally) on 02 November 2015.

Production & Filming Details

  • Directed by David Holbrooke (son of Richard Holbrooke).
  • Produced by Stacy Reiss.
  • Music by Graham Reynolds.
  • Cinematography by Adam Vardy, Bao Nguyen, Jin Hurst, and Richard Dallett.
  • Edited by Seth Bomse.
  • Production company: HBO Documentary Films, Giraffe Partners, and Stacy Reiss Productions.
  • Distribution: Home Box Office.
  • Running time: 104 minutes.
  • Country: United States.
  • Language: English.

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