National Geographic’s new documentary on Barry Nassars presidential campaign is a must-see for anyone who wants to learn more about the 1968 election and its aftermath.
The film, titled Barry Nassaris Presidential Election: A National History, will air on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m.
EST, and will be available to stream on YouTube.
The documentary features an exclusive interview with Nassar, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and 2016 presidential candidate who won the Democratic nomination in the race to replace Richard Nixon.
The interview also focuses on Nassars own election experience, his experience in 1968, and how he won the presidency in the aftermath of the 1968 riots.
The clip is available for viewing here.
“I believe in a two-party system, and I believe in democracy,” Nassar told The New York Times in a 2015 interview.
“I’ve seen a lot of things happen in the world, and when I came into office, we had no system.
We had a broken system, a broken democracy.
I think it was time to try something new, to try new things.”
As the nation’s first African-American presidential nominee in 2016, Nassar was a staunch proponent of Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent civil disobedience to challenge the Vietnam War and his work to secure the release of the Black Panthers from prison.
“The war is still going on, and it’s not going away,” he said in his 2016 election campaign speech.
“It’s time to stop the fighting and get back to the basics.”
“A lot of people think that a two party system is not what it used to be,” he continued.
“We have two parties.
We have one party that’s corrupt, that’s not responsive, that has no principles, that just wants to enrich themselves at the expense of everybody else.””
The two parties don’t even represent the people, and they don’t represent the future,” Nassars said.
“So the only way we can have a real discussion is with our two party systems.
It’s time for a real two party conversation.”
In addition to Nassar and his wife, Barbara, the film is produced by the National Geographic Institute’s National Geography Department, which was created by former George W. Bush adviser Stephen Liggett in 2012 to explore the political, social, cultural, and scientific significance of geography.
The film is based on the book by Michael O’Brien, who was a longtime adviser to George W Bush, including to then-presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who became his vice president in 2009.
The book, which has received praise from many in the science community, focuses on the role of geography in political, economic, and social development.
“A country with a large population is always a political powerhouse,” O’Briens biographer, Steve Smith, told The Daily Beast.
“A country without a large country, a small population, is not a country.”
“I have no doubt that the presidential campaign will be the most significant event in the history of our country, and we’ll be able to look back on this campaign with some satisfaction,” Smith added.
“And I think the film will be something to celebrate for generations to come.”
As a result of his election victory in 1968 and subsequent years in office, Nassars was appointed by the first president Bush to serve as ambassador to France, which he later resigned from.
After his time as a U.S. senator, Nassaris served as president of the National Research Council for five years, and later served as director of the Department of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama.
“We’ve got to get back on the horse, and start over,” Nassaris said in an interview with The New Yorker in 2016.
“What the two- party system has done to this country is to divide us and make us weak and not strong enough.
And it’s time we start over.”
Watch the trailer below: