Monica Lewinsky speaks out about her infamous affair with Bill Clinton on her own terms in the new docuseries “The Clinton Affair.”
In the era of #metoo and Trump, former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky is ripe for examination again in the new documentary “The Clinton Affair.”
Timed with the twentieth anniversary of the scandal, the three-night documentary series from Academy Award and Emmy-winning producer Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Emmy-winning director Blair Foster premiered on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on the A&E channel.
Indeed, early reviews have commented on the documentary’s themes that still resonate today: investigating presidents, the use of special prosecutors and the need for independent curbs on executive power.
Although the Clintons are not interviewed in the documentary, several key players are—including friends, lawyers and confidants of the famed political family, as well as Lewinsky herself.
Lewinsky is said to discuss the clandestine beginnings of her relationship with the president, her betrayal by Linda Tripp, and her experience with the ensuing media storm.
Lewinsky has since stated in the days leading up to the documentary’s premiere that she chose to participate in the new series to ensure that her experience “never happens to another young person in our country again.”
The film also explores the lawsuit brought by Paula Jones against Clinton, and how the president’s refusal to settle the case ultimately let the Lewinsky relationship, and Clinton’s lies about it, become a threat to his presidency.
The documentary examines the Clintons’ public persona and actions, hinting at the repercussions that would affect their legacy and subsequent professional ambitions.
Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, the documentary also touches on broader subjects including media, feminism, politics and power. It ponders if Clinton’s subsequent impeachment trial set the nation on the path towards a more staunchly partisan political system, as well.
Producer Alex Gibney is a documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time.” His previous documentaries include the Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.
“The Clinton Affair” premiered on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on the A&E channel, and will air through the 20th.