The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden

The story of a deeply divided nation through the lives of the two men who want to lead it. The film interweaves investigative biographies of the major party candidates vying for the American presidency: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden

The Passionate Eye

In the midst of a global pandemic, economic hardship, and a reckoning with racism, in November 2020 Americans will decide who will lead the United States for the next four years: President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden is a two-hour documentary telling the story of a deeply divided nation through the lives of the two men who want to lead it.

From veteran chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk, who with his team has made four prior instalments of The Choice and nearly 20 documentaries about the Trump and Obama eras, this documentary will be a unique guide to what the world can expect from the president who will be sworn in on January 20, 2021, to lead a country in crisis.

Through revealing interviews with those who know Trump and Biden best, The Choice 2020 will offer a deeply reported narrative arc of both candidates’ lives.

“The only way you would get an acknowledgement out of Donald that he may have not done it right,” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani says in the film, “He would say, ‘I think my dad would have done that differently.’”

Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, recounts the impact of the death of Biden’s wife and daughter in a car accident, shortly after his election to the Senate in 1972: “In six short weeks, we went from being on top of the world…he was the bright young hope. He went from that to being a young widower, a father of two children, and a single dad. And a man with a broken heart.”

With powerful new insights at a moment when American voters are being saturated with misinformation and partisanship, the documentary will examine each candidate’s approach to power, the defining moments that shaped their lives, and their visions for America’s future at this pivotal juncture.

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