The first in a planned 12-part documentary series profiling the world’s leaders, British director Richard Symons kicks off with former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
Skilfully navigating his way through the complex and controversial partisan waters, Symons focuses on the personal sacrifices made by a man who spent six decades wearing the heavy crown at the centre of the warring Middle East.
Exhaustively researched, smartly condensed and bolstered with incredible access to confidantes, aides, Arafat’s widow Suha and even Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres (subject of the next film), it’s a fascinating and surprisingly personal portrait of modern political power.
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