John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Having served 31 years, the six-term senior Arizona senator agreed to participate in a documentary shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer, providing unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, Arizona. This sweeping account combines the senator's own voice, culled from original interviews, commentary and speeches, with archival newsreel and television footage and previously unseen home movies and photographs. The film also features interviews with family, friends, colleagues and leading political figures.
Senator McCain’s recent battle with brain cancer underscores his fighting spirit and resilience as he continues to crusade for the causes he believes in, despite advancing health issues and daunting odds. What emerges is a portrait of an American maverick who has kept his eye on the most important American goals.
"A portrait of an American maverick who kept his eye on the most important American goals"
“We all have the one virtue we aspire to most. For McCain, it’s courage. He admires it in others, and he insists upon it on himself. And courage comes in many forms—the kind he displayed in Vietnam, but also intellectual courage and moral courage in politics.”
- David Brooks
The Screening Guide for John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is designed as a tool for social studies educators to incorporate excperpts of the film, which provide a rich a telling of McCain's causes and alliances, into the study of government, politics, the conflict in Vietnam, and much more. The guide contains background information on McCain’s formative years in the military, his time as a POW, and his actions and legacy as a US Senator. There are activites and discussion questions to support the study of a man dedicated to ideas, rather than party.