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Weiner

As brutal and compelling as a car-crash video, this documentary by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg records the 2013 New York mayoral run of Anthony Weiner, a fire-breathing liberal Democrat who had been laughed out of Congress two years earlier for accidentally posting a photo of his penis on Twitter. Weiner throws himself at the mercy of his fellow New Yorkers, dutifully eats shit for his past behavior, and makes a dignified plea to be readmitted to the public debate. Before long he's polling in the mid-20s alongside three other major contenders, but then comes the revelation that his online sexual adventures continued even after he'd resigned from Congress, and his candidacy collapses. Weiner gave the directors nearly unlimited access, and there are gripping scenes of him and his loyal wife, Huma Abedin—whose own political career has been stymied by her husband's scandals—reckoning with his past behavior as a fresh wave of public humiliation sweeps over them.

Credits

Directors:

  • Josh Kriegman
  • Elyse Steinberg

Writers:

  • Josh Kriegman
  • Elyse Steinberg
  • Eli Despres

Producers:

  • Josh Kriegman
  • Elyse Steinberg
  • Julie Goldman
  • Christopher Clements
  • Carolyn Hepburn
  • Lily Fan

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