Burstein and I spoke in January in Pasadena, California, shortly after she introduced the docuseries as part of Hulu’s presentation for the Television Critics Association press tour.
To Burstein, that fascination—positive or negative—with Clinton made for the perfect gateway to explore her own interests in the docuseries.
Any female politician who rises to national prominence, Hillary suggests, will be met with the same fierce admiration or harsh contempt.
When Hulu released the trailer for Hillary, the YouTube comments ranged from lingering #ImWithHer supporters applauding Burstein to detractors calling the director a modern-day Leni Riefenstahl.
In fact, she recalled, the former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich so hated the idea of participating that he responded to her request by saying, “I would rather stick a needle in my eye than talk to you about Hillary Clinton in a documentary.”

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