What is the January 6th documentary on Discovery+ about?

January 6th documentary premieres Jan. 5, 2023 on Discovery+.
January 6th documentary premieres Jan. 5, 2023 on Discovery+. /
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Jan. 6, 2021, was a completely unprecedented day for Americans. The events that occurred have never happened in our history. On that date, a mob of supporters for President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C., looking to keep the president in power as Congress was counting the electoral votes to confirm Joe Biden had won the presidential race. A Discovery+ documentary, January 6th, will portray what happened.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, President Trump encouraged the attack, the mob “forced their way past reportedly understaffed Capitol Police,” and “Trump reportedly fought against deploying the D.C. National Guard’ as the crowd made their way into the building forcefully and violently.”

The documentary, set to release Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, on the streaming service, is produced by Propagate. Emmy and Peabody-winning directors Gédéon and Jules Naudet took the lead behind the cameras for this production, with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Igal Svet, and Howard Swartz taking on executive producing duties.

So what can you expect to see in the doc? We’ve got the answer for you below.

What is the January 6th documentary about?

January 6th will examine what happened from the perspective of members of Congress, police officers, first responders, and survivors of the attack, Discovery+ shares. The “apolitical story” features interviews with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III, over 50 senators and representatives from both political parties, and police officers who give their first-hand accounts.

The trailer reveals that there were around 30 officers against thousands of people outside the building, the politicians remembering the events of the day, and the violent and forceful entry into the U.S. Capitol building. Watch the video below:

The January 6th documentary will begin streaming Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 on Discovery+.

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