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The Clinton Affair

Documentary series chronicling the events that led to the impeachment proceedings of US President Bill Clinton

Six-part series The Clinton Affair, from Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning producer Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Emmy®-winning director Blair Foster, examines the biggest political scandal of a generation and its lasting impact on the United States.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, the documentary chronicles the events leading up to the impeachment trial and explores the role of media, feminism and politics in this story of sex, power, lies and ideological warfare.

The incredible well made limited documentary event unfolded over three consecutive nights in the United States last year and traces the twisted, intertwined series of events that led to the impeachment trial that set the nation on the path towards a more staunchly partisan political system. The series features arresting archival footage as well as comprehensive interviews with the people closest to the events including a timely, in-depth reflection on the topic with Monica Lewinsky.

‘The Clinton Affair’ Series Trailer | Premiered on November 18 2018 on A&E in the United States. 

The Clinton Affair, from May 15 at NPO Start Plus, and from July 29 also on weekly NPO 2 and at NPO Start.

Will we see the case in a different light since #MeToo? Watch all 6 episodes exclusive via the Dutch Iplayer NPO Start Plus, six episodes

The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky

In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.

Esther Perel on #MeToo and sexual scandals in America – VPRO Zomergasten (Summer Residents)

Psychotherapist Esther Perel responds to a press conference of Bill Clinton about the Lewinsky-affair, in which he makes his famous statement: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”. Esther Perel used this clip to look at the role of sexual scandal in the United States. She also showed an interview with French feminist Elisabeth Badinter who responds to the French version of #MeToo called #balancetonporc.

Perel looks at the distinction between testifying and pillorying and the new conversations about power in the age of #MeToo. “There’s a very puritan and judgmental attitude towards sexuality in the United States.” “It’s important for a group that has been living in silence, in secret, in shame to be able to speak out, to testify. But there is a distinction between testifying and ratting on people.” “If there’s a person I’d like to have this conversation with, about #MeToo, it’s Badinter.”

More clips from Esther Perel at VPRO Zomergasten here