Co-winner of this year’s Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review, winner of the Special Jury Award at IDFA, and in contention for the year’s Best Documentary Oscar, "The Most Dangerous Man in America" tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 concluded that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.
This riveting, straightforward story shows how this one man’s deep change of heart and moral courage created a landmark struggle involving America’s most crucial institutions, its newspapers, its media, its president and Supreme Court. The docu is a testament to the power of individualism: The evolution of a single, determined man in pursuit of a principle leads to major socio-political changes.
It's former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who called Ellsberg “the most dangerous man in America,” and the ensuing work shows how Ellzberg has become "one of the most essential men in America," The docu includes illuminating interviews with Kissinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Tony Russo, Howard Zinn, Hedrick Smith, John Dean, and Richard Nixon
Gripping from first frame to last, the docu is clear (in fact eye-opening), detailed, compelling, and easy to follow, considering the complex network of persona and issues involved. As such, it should become essential viewing for all Americans, but particularly the younger generation.