"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion — but not to his own facts." – politician, sociologist and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927–2003). His aristocratic demeanor and Harvard polish belied Moynihan's Depression-era roots in NYC's Hell's Kitchen, the son of a single mother. Joseph Dorman (ARGUING THE WORLD), with co-filmmaker Toby Perl Freilich (INVENTING OUR LIFE: THE KIBBUTZ EXPERIMENT), give us a portrait of a complex man who struggled to alleviate poverty and racism, but who was maligned for his use of the expression "benign neglect." Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eleanor Holmes Norton, George Will and Henry Kissinger give insight into this "connoisseur of statistics" who served four presidents, anticipated the breakup of the Soviet Union and was as comfortable writing about philosophy, ethnicity and architecture as he was rethinking the Social Security and welfare systems.
DIR/SCR Joseph Dorman; DIR/PROD Toby Perl Freilich. U.S., 2018, color, 104 min. NOT RATED
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