Facing Icons is a documentary series that portrays the lives of some of the most influential figures in history. The episodes combine archived photos and video footage with first person interviews from individuals who have known or “faced” these personalities; no single narrator for the series or any dramatization is involved. Produced by Network Entertainment. The series was nominated for the 2017 RealScreen Awards and Leo Awards. In the RealScreen Awards, it won the history/biographical category in a non-fiction series. It bagged several accolades in the Leo Awards including the best documentary program, best direction and best editing.
Part 1: Facing Trump
Donald Trump is an unabashed look at the controversial 2016 Republican presidential nominee (at the time of production of this documentary), billionaire real estate mogul and TV personality as told by those who know him best.
Part 2: Facing Saddam
Saddam Hussein may not have written the book on the modern day dictator alone, but he certainly added his own distinct chapters. Here is a sobering, three-dimensional depiction of the man known as the ‘Butcher of Baghdad’, cast in the hollows of the impressions he left on the people who survived his terror, and those who survived his love.
Part 3: Facing Schwarzenegger
From bodybuilder to blockbuster action star to comedy king to politician, facing Arnold Schwarzenegger explores the greatest immigrant success story of our time; an unabashed look at the life of a man who followed his every dream.
Part 4: Facing Putin
A former KGB man, Vladimir Putin quickly established a public image as a no-nonsense strongman who would brook no interference in furthering Russian interests. Putin wanted to recreate a de facto Soviet Union. And he had no intention of surrendering his office according to the dictates of democracy.
Part 5: Facing Escobar
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria built his cocaine empire on bribes, bodies and trust. Here is an intimate portrait and cautionary tale of one man’s unchecked megalomania – and his struggle to overcome adversity – painted by the men who enabled him, and those who opposed him and lived to tell their stories.
Part 6: Facing Suge Knight
Straight outta Compton and into university on a football scholarship, Suge Knight’s NFL dreams would meet an abrupt end in 1982 – the same year a gun incident would forever redirect his life. Revealing the promising boy beneath the complicated man who raised intimidation to an art form to seize his chunk of the music industry, and lost everything when he evolved into the image he so carefully cultivated.