Remembering RFK

Half a century ago this June 5, Robert F. Kennedy, having just won the California Presidential primary, was gunned down by an assassin.

Over-the-air channel Decades, PBS’ American Experience and pay streamer Netflix are all commemorating the anniversary of that tragic event with documentaries.

Decades

On Monday, June 4, at 9 pm ET, the sixth installment of Decades Presents: 1968 will cover RFK’s “brief and unexpected” political partnership with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, his role in his brother’s administration, his term as US senator, and, finally, his Presidential run.  The documentary will also examine his crusade against organized crime as US attorney general, and his fight for racial and social equality.

Journalist Ellee Pai Hong hosts.

You can watch Decades free with an antenna hooked up to your TV set. For the channel number in your area, go to Decades.com.

American Experience

On Tuesday, June 5, 50 years to the day of his death, American Experience will start streaming its 2004 two-hour documentary, RFK, which traces Kennedy’s public life until its traumatic conclusion at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

RFK includes interviews with historians, journalists and biographers including Robert Dallek, Anthony Lewis, Jeff Shesol, and Ronald Steel, as well as personal recollections from those who knew him well.

David Grubin wrote and directed RFK, and also co-produced with Sarah Colt.

The film will be available to stream from June 5 through Labor Day at PBS.org.

You can also watch the entire documentary here:

Netflix

As The Savvy Screener recently reported, Netflix’s new documentary Bobby Kennedy for President revisits the candidate’s brief 1968 run for the White House.

The four-part docuseries follows Kennedy from the day he announced his run – March 16, 1968 – to the day of his assassination.

Bobby Kennedy for President features footage — “much of it digitized for the first time” – and “new interviews with those that worked closely with RFK and knew him well.”

Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Neil Gallagher, Dolores Huerta, Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, Paul Schrade, Franklin A. Thomas, William Arnone, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman are among those offering personal reflections.

For more, visit Netflix.

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