bobbyRobert Francis ‘Bobby’ Kennedy – brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963 – was himself murdered in June 1968. This film, directed by Emilio Estevez, is a reconstruction of the days and hours preceding the death of Bobby, who was running for president at the time. It is clear from the story that Bobby Kennedy was a new source of hope for African-Americans, who had lost their moral leader Martin Luther King two months before. The beginning of the film shows how the African-American community experienced King’s murder and how Kennedy responded.

The film clearly depicts Bobby Kennedy as committed to civil rights for minorities. Kennedy was a supporter of Martin Luther King, despite initially having authorized the FBI to wiretap King while he was Attorney General. The FBI hoped to catch Martin Luther King and his followers engaging in communist activities (which was not the case). Later Bobby Kennedy distanced himself from these FBI files and, after King’s assassination, grew into a strong advocate of more rights for African-Americans. The assassination of Bobby Kennedy was therefore a serious blow to the civil rights movement and shows how the hostile the climate was in America in the 1960s.

There is no shortage of big names in the film, including Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Helen Hunt and Anthony Hopkins. There is a special role for singer Harry Belafonte, who was a good friend of Martin Luther King and always remained an avid civil rights activist.

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Bobby (2006)
Director: Emilio Estevez
Available on DVD/Blu-ray

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