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The Documentaries of 2019

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A look back at the documentaries we featured on First Person in the past year.

Some of the most captivating interviews we’ve done over the past year  have been with filmmakers—journalists whose documentaries have illuminated something dramatic about our world. With 2019 drawing to a close, we look back at three documentaries featured here on First Person.

About First Person:  Each week on First Person, we conduct a narrative-driven conversation with one person whose experience illuminates something timely and important about our world. Our guests tend to be people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell their story, not just offer analysis. First Person is hosted by FP deputy editor Sarah Wildman. Sarah is an award-winning journalist whose stories have appeared in the New York TimesSlate, Vox and the New Yorker online. She is the author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.  See All Episodes

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Spies of the UAE

A look into Project Raven, a program where Americans were recruited to help the UAE hack people and organizations around the world.

The Marie Antoinette of Shoes Makes a Comeback

Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on how Imelda Marcos engineered her second act in the Philippines.

Death of a War Correspondent

Journalist Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.

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I Spy

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