The Diplomat


2016 Season
Amsterdam, San Diego

THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his son David, the gripping documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film focuses on the US’s role in Kosovo and modern day Afghanistan. Featuring interviews with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Kofi Annan and military leaders and foreign presidents past and current, David weighs America’s position as international policeman and considers the future of diplomacy as a tactic for resolving global conflict.

David Holbrooke
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
David Holbrooke

David Holbrooke (Director) is a filmmaker whose latest project is The Diplomat. The film is about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who brokered the peace that ended the Bosnian War. He is also Festival Director of Telluride Mountainfilm in Colorado since 2008. His last film, Hard as Nails, aired on HBO in December 2007. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me, Time for a New God and A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called "Original Thinkers." Other notable projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producer of The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world and previously, worked extensively in television news, producing long- form pieces for "The Today Show," CBS News and CNN. David has also written for the Huffington Post, and National Geographic Adventure. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife Sarah, three kids, two big dogs and a bunch of bikes.