Four Hours at the Capitol ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
A chronicle of the incursion at the U.S. Capitol, when thousands of citizens from across the country gathered in Washington D.C., many with the intent of disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s presidency. Available on BBC iPlayer.
I came a little late to this one, but as they say “better late than never”.
Four Hours at the Capitol is an immersive and meticulously crafted feature-length documentary produced by HBO that chronicles the infamous insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on 6 January 2021, when thousands of Americans gathered to protest against the results of what they called a “stolen” presidential election, with the intent of disrupting Joe Biden’s certification as the new president.
Edited from hundreds of hours material, including some harrowing footage and never-seen-before videos gathered from all sorts of sources (ordinary people’s phones, news, CCTV) as well as several interviews with many of those involved: members of staff, police officers, lawmakers, journalists and of course those protesters and rioters present at the scene, the film follows the events in chronological order as the events unfolded.
It is a powerful account of what happened during those four hours and what it must have felt like to be there, whether as part of the action, or a victim of the circumstances.
Director Jamie Roberts puts us right in the centre of the action, often giving us the point of views of the insurrectionists themselves, full of pride and “patriotism” as they took part in the attack, but wisely he takes no sides: he doesn’t criticise, nor does he feel compelled to make us sympathise with any of them. He clearly trusts the viewers to draw their own conclusions, as many of their actions speak for themselves anyway.
What we’re left is a historical document of the devastation and the astonishing actions of that day, as well as a sour taste in our mouth and sobering feeling that this might not be over.
This is still available on BBC iPlayer. Don’t miss it, as I almost did.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.
Four hours at the Capitol is available to watch on BBC iplayer.
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