Disney has announced that a brand new three-part documentary series called “JFK: One Day In America” will be released on Disney+ in Canada on Wednesday, 13th December 2023. The series has previously been released on Disney+ and Hulu in the United States earlier this month.
From Emmy Award-winning 72 Films’ David Glover along with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Dan Lindsey and T.J. Martin, the series is made in official collaboration with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. With exclusive permission to colorize the museum’s news footage archives for the first time, the landmark docu-series weaves archival footage with key testimony from some of the last surviving witnesses to create an immersive, minute-by-minute examination of that pivotal day that forever changed American history.
“JFK: One Day In America” features newly colorized footage and testimony from those on the ground in Dallas that day, some of whom are sharing their stories for the first time in a documentary. The newly colorized footage includes that of Lee Harvey Oswald when he is in police custody and when he is shot while being transferred to the county jail. Contributors sharing their emotional testimony for the first time in a documentary include Peggy Simpson, the only female Associated Press reporter working in Texas in 1963 and an eyewitness to Oswald’s shooting; Rusty Robbins, a Dallas police officer who knew Jack Ruby, the man who murdered Oswald; and Bill Mercer, a local reporter for KRLD who was the first to inform suspect Oswald that he had been charged with the president’s murder.
For the series to serve as a comprehensive oral history, National Geographic also interviewed Clint Hill, a United States Secret Service agent assigned to Jackie Kennedy, who famously jumped onto the moving car and tried to help the First Lady after shots were fired; Secret Service agent Paul Landis, who was on his first-ever presidential motorcade during the incident; White House correspondent Sid Davis, who was in the room at Lyndon B. Johnson’s swearing-in on-board Air Force One shortly after the assassination; Buell Frazier, who drove Oswald to work that morning at the Texas School Book Depository; Dallas shoe store worker John Brewer, who helped law enforcement find Lee Harvey Oswald; Ruth Paine, a friend of Oswald’s wife, Marina, who lived with her at the time of the assassination; and the closest living civilian witnesses to the shooting, Gayle and Bill Newman.
Check out the trailer below:
Throughout the three episodes, viewers will also hear police radio recordings from on the ground on Nov. 22, 1963, as law enforcement searched for the shooter. This includes dispatch recordings from the moment Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit was shot to the search around the Texas Theater when Oswald was soon arrested. Additionally, live news broadcasts are featured over the course of each episode, echoing the fear, confusion and sadness that quickly swept the country in the wake of former President Kennedy and Officer Tippit’s deaths.
“JFK: One Day In America” offers audiences a unique chance to hear from some of the last surviving witnesses of the momentous events of November 22nd, 1963,” said Tom McDonald, EVP of Global Factual and Unscripted Content, National Geographic. “Many of these witnesses are now in their 80s and 90s, so this may be the final chance to capture their accounts and hear their testimony. National Geographic aspires to be a brand of record for historic events – the interviews featured in the series are a unique body of work which shed fresh light on what it felt like to be caught up in the events of that day.”
The series chronicles in real-time not only the day JFK was assassinated but also the days surrounding it, including Nov. 22nd, when he arrived in Dallas; Nov. 24th, when Oswald was shot; and JFK’s funeral on Nov. 25th.
Here are some details on each of the three episodes:
EPISODE ONE: ASSASSINATION
President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, travel to Texas on the campaign trail, along with a team of secret service agents. During a motorcade in downtown Dallas, President Kennedy is brutally shot in broad daylight. A secret service agent narrowly misses the fatal bullet, and JFK tragically dies at Parkland Hospital beside a grieving Jackie Kennedy. America changes forever.
EPISODE TWO: MANHUNT
The race is on to track down JFK’s killer. But before he is arrested, the assassin kills again. Meanwhile, Jackie Kennedy boards Air Force One to return JFK’s body to Washington. Still wearing her bloodstained dress, she witnesses LBJ being sworn in as president. As the net closes in around suspected killer Lee Harvey Oswald, his friends and family face interrogation.
EPISODE THREE – REVENGE
President Kennedy’s body arrives back in Washington, and a grieving Jackie Kennedy leads the funeral march to honor him. In Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald is charged with JFK’s murder. But the world is shocked again when Oswald himself is shot dead while still in police custody by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. With Oswald dead, there is no reckoning and America will never be the same.
“JFK: One Day In America” is the second instalment of National Geographic’s Emmy-winning “One Day In America” franchise, which retells crucial moments in U.S. history minute-by-minute using only exclusive archival footage and first-person testimony from those who were there. The first instalment was called “9/11: One Day In America”, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary in 2022.
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