Described by The New York Times as “a filmmaker of artistic and political consequence,” Greg Barker looks for strong personal narratives that illuminate the complexities and moral ambiguities of global politics and war. For The Final Year, Barker secured unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the White House and State Department, hoping to capture the human emotions and dynamics behind American diplomacy at its highest levels.
Together with his longstanding producing parters John Battsek and Julie Goldman, Barker’s prior films include HBO’s Manhunt, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, (Sundance premiere, PrimeTime Emmy® for Outstanding Documentary Special), Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, as well as Sergio (Sundance editing award, 2009), Koran by Heart. Barker previously worked as a journalist, and made numerous films for PBS/Frontline, including the acclaimed Ghosts of Rwanda.
He grew up in California, lived in DC and London for a long time, and now lives in Santa Monica with his British wife and family. He has a masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and is currently a Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation.