Hillary – eine Dokumentation

Die vierteilige Dokumentation zeigt den persönlichen und politischen Werdegang von Hillary Clinton – Juristin, Politikerin, Ehefrau und Mutter und ehemalige First Lady der USA…

Diese Doku, die beim letzten Sundance Film Festival Premiere feiert und auch auf der Berlinale gezeigt wurde, wurde nun bei Sky gezeigt und da ich relativ wenig über Hillary weiß und immer noch gerne verstehen möchte wieso man bei der letzten Präsidentenwahl Trump ihr vorgezogen hat, war es Ehrensache, mir das Ganze anzuschauen.
Rahmenhandlung bietet genau dieser Wahlkampf von 2016 von der Auswahl von Hillary zur Kandidatin bis zum heftigen Schlagabtausch zwischen Trump und ihr.
Dazwischen werden einzelne Meilensteine ihres Lebens eingebaut und vor allem das frühe Leben dieser Frau, das in der ersten Folge gezeigt wird, hat mich wirklich beeindruckt.
Weil sie eine Vorreiterin der Frauenbewegung war und oft Wege gegangen ist, die für Frauen eben nicht vorgezeichnet waren.
Dabei eckt sie oft an. Sei es als First Lady von Arkansas, als sie nicht den Namen ihres Mannes Bill Clinton annehmen will und weiterhin arbeitet.
Oder sei es als First Lady der USA als sie sich nicht mit der typischen ihr zugedachten Rolle begnügt, sondern wirklich mitarbeitet und mitgestaltet.
Auch der Schmerz, den das Verhalten ihres Mannes verursacht hat, wird an der ein oder anderen Stelle sichtbar und ließ mich unweigerlich mit ihr mitfühlen.
Ebenso konnte ich die Verwunderung und den Ärger über die immer wieder aufkochende email-Affäre und die verlorene Präsidentschaftswahl beim Ansehen greifen.
Und ich verstehe nun besser, wieso die Frau oft so unnahbar wirkt, denn wenn man früh immer wieder dafür kritisiert wird, wie man ist, zieht man sich unweigerlich zurück.
Insofern ist die Dokumentation wirklich gelungen und ich habe sie sehr gern gesehen.

Was sie sicher nicht ist, ist besonders kritisch. Hillary Clinton selbst kommt ganz oft zu Wort, genau wie Freunde und Weggefährten und Bill Clinton, der genau wie seine Frau den ein oder anderen Fehler eingesteht.
Darüber hinaus sind selbst die Journalisten, die zu Wort kommen, relativ unkritisch und so wirkt die Doku an manchen Stellen eher wie ein Image-Video, als eine runde DOku, die sich kritisch und rund mit allen Aspekten von Hillary Clintons Wirken beschäftigt.
Und so fehlt mir als Aussenstehende nach wie vor ein wirkliches Verständnis dafür, wieso viele Amerikaner die Frau so abgrundtief ablehnen.
Schade, aber gelohnt hat sich das Anschauen für mich wie schon gesagt trotzdem!

‚Hillary‘ bei Sky Deutschland

Ein englischer Trailer

Ein deutscher Teaser

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17 Antworten zu Hillary – eine Dokumentation

  1. Esther schreibt:

    Danke für Deine Eindrücke, interessant! Schade, dass die Kritiker nicht zu Wort kommen, ich bin auch gespannt warum sie so gehasst wird, ich kann das nicht so gut nachvollziehen warum. Werde es mir bestimmt auch noch anschauen.

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  2. Servetus schreibt:

    I’ve admired her basically for my entire adult life, even though I’ve become somewhat more distanced in light of #metoo. I think she (and her generation of women — she’s just the most exposed member of it) are generally disliked because they had to take the first steps. (I’ve noticed this in my own life — things I’ve been criticized for doing in crushing ways end up being standard a year or so after I’ve done them.) She was open about her feminism at a point at which the tide was turning against it, and she espoused a generally unpopular cause (health care for all) when she wasn’t an elected official (her husband was president). She’s not pretty and she never bothered to sugarcoat her approaches to things. She’s not especially tactful and a lot of Americans rejected that. But I always wondered if she wasn’t just the scapegoat for people’s resistance to change because she was the most visible.

    I will see this documentary eventually; I’ve read good things about it.

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  3. Herba schreibt:

    @Esther: Ja, fand ich auch schade. So hatte ich am Ende beim drüber nachdenken doch etwas den Eindruck leicht manipuliert worden zu sein.
    Aber sie ist und bleibt trotzdem eine beeindruckende Persönlichkeit, die mehr Ahnung von Politik hat, als so manch anderer, dessen Namen ich jetzt besser nicht nenne *hust*
    Und manches was ihr vorgeworfen wird, ist auch einfach albern. Zum Beispiel werfen ihr viele weibliche Gegner vor, dass sie bei Bill geblieben ist, nachdem das mit Monica rauskam. Andererseits gaben diese Frauen an, Bill jederzeit wieder zu wählen – das ist total banane!

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  4. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: She is an impressive person, that’s for sure.
    A lot of the people who spoke in the docu came to the same conclusion. She was often the first, she did things even if she knew it wasn’t popular (how could she dare to work as a first lady of Arkansas?!) and she wasn’t quite about things…
    If you do please let me know what you think about it – only if you like of course.

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  5. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba thank you for your review. I’ve admired Hillary but her approach in 2016 campaign was just disappointing and her reaction afterward why? Was even worse
    I’m not entirely happy Biden is the chosen one but it could never be Hillary again sadly
    I’ll look for this doc 😘❤️

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  6. Esther schreibt:

    Ich habe sie damals schon als First Lady gemocht, als sie was anderes sein wollte als nur ein lächelndes Gesicht neben ihrem Mann.
    Diese „double standard“ ist wirklich völlig banane!

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  7. Servetus schreibt:

    What follows is only my read on the situation:

    As far as the double standard goes — I think a lot of people have forgotten what women’s lives were like in the 70s in the US (I discuss with this students who are annoyed with female leadership again and again and they always scoff). I mean, in the 70s women couldn’t have separate credit ratings from their husbands or, in some cases, their own bank accounts. A lot of women in that generation made compromises in order to get where they wanted to go, and I think for Hillary, Bill was the compromise of her life (even if she did / does love him — I do think there’s a strong feeling between them in any case). He has a lot of the things she doesn’t have (a winning demeanor, a great communication style) and they had the potential to be a great team. But then they were also stuck with each other. I think in that sense it was a very traditional marriage, i.e., the old-style partnership where they were in it till death do us part, and it wasn’t that unusual back then. That was how she was going to achieve what she wanted / needed to achieve politically.

    But then the world changed – women got all these legal rights recognized, piece by piece (thank you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg among others) and so a lot of things women had done as a matter of course in the late 60s through the late 70s didn’t make sense any more, even from the perspective of the early 90s (and later). So when she showed up as this really well-informed, professional experienced partner of her husband promoting a health care agenda — at his suggestion, with his approval — a lot of people said „she’s just riding on his coattails“ or „we didn’t vote for HER.“ So someone who was actually a really strong feminist started to be perceived as both a too-radical feminist (by her enemies) AND a reactionary (by people who would have been her allies a decade earlier).

    To me that’s the dynamic that explains the anger at her for not leaving him. By the late 90s, it was expected that that kind of public adultery would generate a divorce, and certainly for a feminist woman who thought something of herself. (In the end, no matter what she had said a decade earlier she was definitely „standing by her man“.) But if you look at it from the perspective of the 70s — she would have been leaving her family business, her entire life’s project, if she had left him. (I also think that it’s highly likely she was not faithful herself, and that he knew this. Not that he would have exposed her — I just think that the basis of the marriage was their shared political goals, not sexual fidelity.) Of course she was angry at him, but more because of what he did to their political agenda than to their personal relationship. But her enemies were angry at her for supposed inconsistency („if she’s such a feminist, why doesn’t she leave him?“) and her allies were angry at her for valuing her political agenda over what they saw as the appropriate level of ideological purity. (I could write a whole book about how feminists damage their projects with purity contests, but I won’t today.) So, yeah, of course the people who’d vote for Mr. Clinton would still vote for him — that’s a separate question for them from what *she* should have done — and it happens because we have all forgotten that back when she did get married and throw her fate in with his, it was perfectly legitimate to make the kind of compromises that she made.

    I blogged when her recent book about the election came out about my frustrations with her — but I think my own issues are also about things that have changed in my own reading of sexual dynamics since the 90s, i.e., I am much more aware of the power relationships in casual sex than I was in my late 20s. Now it bothers me more that Hillary apparently continued to condone the abusive quality of her husband’s infidelities and to attack the women whose charges against him seem much more legitimate with hindsight than they did with the prejudices I had back then. That said, her behaviors are still entirely consistent with the likelihood that she has for a long time seen her marriage primarily as a vehicle for her political ends rather than as a romantic or moral project.

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  8. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I don’t think I really know how exactly she reacted but the docu shows that she and her team too was flabbergasted and really couldn’t fathom what went wrong.
    And I can’t say I blame them, because I can’t understand why someone would vote for the big antisocial tangerine….but as an outsider I might not e the best one to talk about amrerican politics anyway.

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  9. Herba schreibt:

    @Esther: Nahcdem ich weiß, was sie alles angestoßen hat, respektiere ich sie wirklich noch mehr. Andererseits bin ich auch frustriert, weil ich immer noch nicht weiß, was an so manchen Vorwürfen gegen sie dran ist. Aber einen wirklich unabhängigen Blick darauf scheint es auch eher nicht zu geben….
    Ja, ist er, aber leider ist es ja oft so, dass Männer mehr dürfen als Frauen. Wenn ich nur dran denke, was Angela Merkel alles vorgeworfen bekommt. Das ist oft genauso daneben und das sage ich, die ich sie durchaus auch kritisch sehe.

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  10. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Thanks for your insight. In fact this makes a lot of sense on many levels.
    Ah well, we will never know what kind of president she would have been, but from the outside I still think she would have been a much better choice than the actual winner of the election…

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  11. Servetus schreibt:

    I feel like we would not be in the current situation had she been elected. She would have stuck with the Obama-era pandemic response guidelines, there would have been early testing, and we would have had an infection curve more like So. Korea than like Italy (which is where we are headed).

    It’s astounding to me how much power the US President really has, and I’m building this a bit into the rest of my semester in US history.

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  12. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba first of course you can talk about American politics
    Second I think many including myself thought Hillary would win slam
    Dunk that Orange Face as my sister now dubs him couldn’t possibly win
    I think her strategy was shit and the why is her fault
    She’s been around long enough to know how the game is played and Pres Clinton won twice albeit 1996 re election was against Dole who’s turn it was
    I admire Hillary tremendously but her dumbfounded attitude about not winning when she ignored the battle ground states which cost her among other things the election irks me to no end!

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  13. Herba schreibt:

    Servetus: Yeah, sounds about right.
    I am so sorry the US is heading this way 😦

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  14. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I know I can. I only wanted to state that I might not be the best informed person on the subject 😉
    To be honest I don’t think she could have done a lot to change the outcome of the election and that’s so flabbergasting – for me and her and her team.
    And I don’t think you can compare the campaign of a female candidade with that one of a male one, because a lot of people still won’t vote for a woman because simply she is a woman and there is no way in hell to change that.
    What’s so sad about this fact for me is, that I and a lot of other people in Europe always thought the US was more open with these things as THE western country that stood for openness, modernity and liberaltiy. I guess we all were wrong, sadly.

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  15. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba I totally agree with your last sentences. I think though you are much more informed than most Americans is what I meant
    The very scary thing here is come Nov 3 the same thing might or will happen again to Biden unless he spins this or a miracle happens
    Again I admire Hillary still I just think her attitude afterward was irksome to say the least. Was it inevitable Trump won? Probably so
    Should he still be in office afterward what he’s done? No way!!

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  16. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Maybe the Corona crisis will be able to end 45 as a president? We’ll have to wait and see

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  17. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Yes Herba I agree with you 😉👍

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