Release Date 2002

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Synopsis /

Featuring previously unseen footage, newly declassified U.S. government documents, and revealing interviews with key insiders from Henry Kissinger’s White House years, The Trials of Henry Kissinger examines charges facing the former Secretary of State. Focusing on his role in three key events—America’s secret bombing of Cambodia in 1969, the approval of Indonesia’s genocidal assault on East Timor in 1975, and the assassination of a Chilean general in 1970—the film examines the possibility that Kissinger bears responsibility for many of the deaths in Vietnam from 1969 to 1975. Bringing together Kissinger’s friends, colleagues, and detractors—including Gen. Alexander Haig, Jr., Seymour Hersh, Christopher Hitchens, Walter Isaacson, William Safire, Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, and William Shawcross—the documentary sheds light on a career long shrouded in secrecy.

Director /

  • Eugene Jarecki

Written by /

  • Alex Gibney

Producers /

  • Eugene Jarecki
  • Alex Gibney

Executive Producer /

  • Roy Ackerman

Cinematography by /

  • Greg Andracke
  • Mark Benjamin
  • Gary Grieg
  • Christopher Li
  • Brett Wiley

Editor /

  • Simon Barker