Die Rede

November 4th, 2008. President-elect Barack Obama addresses an enthusiastic gathering in Chicago's Grant Park. With the three words 'Yes, we can', Barack Obama sums up the America's optimism and its capacity for change. The documentary 'The Speech' sets out to take this historic speech at its word. It seeks a dialogue about words and their effect, while also assessing a whole era. It takes us back to the beginning of Obama's presidency, to the energy of his words, to the hopes and achievements that this speech was targeting. In a consciously radical fashion, the film focuses on the words. Witnesses are interviewed and it is their memories, emotions and criticisms that provide the framework for the film. Rev. Jesse Jackson talks about his tears, George Packer (writer, "The Unwinding") reflects the speech as well as Jill Abramson (former editor-in-chief of "The New York Times"), Jamal Joseph (filmmaker and ex-Black Panther) and Dani McClain (journalist and activist). Stanford-Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht considers the speech from a more European perspective. The rhetorical highlight was the reference to the life story of 106 year old Ann Nixon Cooper. Her grandsons Albert B., Michael, Jeff Cooper and Lawrence Bobo (Professor for Social Sciences at Harvard University) remember that moment. Adam Frankel, member of the speechwriter-team delivers insight into the process of writing that speech. A film that follows words, asking the question: What was to become of these words?

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Running Time
52 minutes
History, Documentary
Eduard Erne
Switzerland, USA
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about history «Die Rede» (20)

Lori Stewart avatar
Lori Stewart

A few scenes that didn't care for but hard to find good movies these days.

Alexander avatar

This is on the list of one of my favorite movies.

James Gutierrez avatar
James Gutierrez

I'm very pleased with my purchase.

Howard B. avatar
Howard B.

I was entertained. This movie is simply a well structured, interesting and remarkably smart movie.

Dorothy avatar

This is the most beautiful and amazing movie of all time!

Roger F. avatar
Roger F.

This movie really exceeded my expectations. Eduard Erne is very talented.

Amanda Morales avatar
Amanda Morales

Excellent movie. Glad I watched it.

Jack Gutierrez avatar
Jack Gutierrez

I have to say this is one of my favorite movies.

Laura D. avatar
Laura D.

New creation of Eduard Erne. His films are waiting with a special look, because it offers something that every day, unfortunately, less and less can be found in the world of mass cinema - an interesting spectacle, filled with meaning, ideas and emotions.

Susan Stone avatar
Susan Stone

Excellent film! I feel Eduard Erne can't make a bad movie.

Jonathan H. avatar
Jonathan H.

I love the movie the story line is great and so is the acting

Christopher avatar

I have to say it is the best movie ever. The directors made no mistakes. It is just perfect!