“She’s neither as good nor as bad as some people say.” Hillary Clinton has said that she wouldn’t mind this as an epitaph on her tombstone. Portraying the real Hillary behind the both admired and vilified public figure is indeed the idea behind this engaging docu-series. Interweaving moments from the 2016 campaign with biographical chapters and exclusive interviews with Secretary Clinton, her husband Bill, friends, and foes, Hillary features a number of surprising moments. Did you know what she really thinks about former opponent Bernie Sanders or the current occupant of the White House? Probably not, but this diplomatic poise is one of the qualities that would have made her as accomplished a president as she was an unsuccessful candidate. Nanette Burstein successfully builds a non-chronological narrative that makes the portrait all-encompassing and allows us to connect dots. But she makes one thing clear: there is no Clinton “dynasty”. They did it all themselves. And she had it twice as hard as he did.
by Nanette Burstein
with Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama
USA 2019 English 252’ Colour & Black/White Documentary form


  • Hillary Clinton
  • Bill Clinton
  • Barack Obama


Director Nanette Burstein
Cinematography Robert Chappell
Editing Tal Ben-David, Christopher Passig
Music Will Bates
Producers Isabel San Vargas, Timothy Moran, Park Chi-Young, Tal Ben-David
Executive Producers Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Nanette Burstein
Co-Executive Producers Sierra Kos, Laurie Girion

Nanette Burstein

The director and producer studied at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. While still studying, she made On the Ropes which was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Shortly afterwards, she co-directed the Robert Evans biography, The Kid Stays in the Picture. Her film American Teen won the Documentary Directing Award at Sundance. She followed it with documentaries about figure skater Tonya Harding and businessman John McAfee.

Filmography (selection)

1999 On the Ropes; documentary 2001 Say it Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America; TV documentary series 2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture; documentary, co-director: Brett Morgen 2008 American Teen; documentary 2010 Going the Distance 2016 Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee; documentary 2019 Hillary; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020