How a documentary about Jan. 6 insurrection covers new ground

By Olivia Smith | May 10, 2024

The peaceful transfer

The creators of "The Sixth" did not intend to produce a documentary with such a disturbing narrative. 

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Initially, Oscar-winning documentarians Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine had partnered with film studio A24 to capture the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

Congressional session

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On the morning of January 6, 2021, during the congressional session to certify the 2020 election results, the Fines dispatched a camera crew to the National Mall to film one of President Trump's final speeches.