Filmfest 2019

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When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 midterm election in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliament election. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. A keen manipulator of the press and a gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

tags: Documentary, Society, Politics, Economy, Current Affairs


Director of Photography: Alison Klayman

Film Editor: Brian Goetz, Marina Katz

Composer: Ilan Isakov, Dan Teicher

Sound: Alison Klayman

Producer: Marie Therese Guirgis

Production Company: aliklay productions

Co-Producer: Alison Klayman

World Sales: Magnolia Pictures

Director: Alison Klayman


Born in 1984, Alison Klayman studied history at Brown University and spent several years in China, learning Chinese and working as a journalist. She made her directorial debut with the documentary AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2012). Her other films include THE 100 YEARS SHOW (2017), about 103-year-old Cuban-American painter Carmen Herrera; TAKE YOUR PILLS (2018), about an overly medicated America; and the upcoming short FLOWER PUNK, about Japanese artist Azuma Makoto. Klayman was also executive producer of the documentaries HOOLIGAN SPARROW (2016) and ON HER SHOULDERS (2018).