HBO Spotlight: Ethel, A First-hand Look Inside a Political Dynasty

Ethel Kennedy plays with one son while Bobby Kennedy carries another son, Joe, before bedtime at home - Photo by Paul Schutzer - Time Life Pictures , Getty Images - Image use courtesy of HBO

A family affair.

HBO Spotlight: Ethel, A First-hand Look Inside A Political Dynasty is a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy (HBO’s Ghost of Abu Ghraib) as she examines the remarkable life of her mother, Ethel KennedyEthel celebrates the life of the Kennedy matriarch that reveals little-know anecdotes from her family:

“When Robert F. Kennedy was U.S. attorney general, his wife, Ethel, would take their children to the FBI building to watch sharpshooters at target practice. It was fun for the kids, though they risked running into FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who disliked Robert Kennedy and didn’t care for children. So when Ethel came across a suggestion box, she wrote, “Get a new director,” on a piece of paper, and slipped it in the slot.”

The documentary will feature a rare interview with Ethel Kennedy (84), her first interview in over two decades, will encompass her “political awakening,” the life she shared with Robert Kennedy and the years following his death, when she had to raise eleven of their children. The documentary will also feature interviews from her children Kathleen, Jo, Bobby, Courtney, Kerry, Chris, and Max.

Ethel is directed, produced and narrated by Rory Kennedy; producer, Jack Youngelson; co-producer, Veronica Brady; associate producer, Tina Leonard; edited by Azin Samari; writer, Mark Bailey; cinematography, Buddy Squires; original score by Miriam Cutler. For HBO: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins. The feature-length documentary premiered at this years Sundance Film Festival.

Ethel will premiere Thursday, October 18, 2012 (9 p. m.) on HBO

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