One Year After January 6 Attack, FRONTLINE & ProPublica to Air Updated Documentary, “American Insurrection”


Richmond Virginia, November 21, 2020. (FRONTLINE/ProPublica)

December 22, 2021
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

American Insurrection
Tues., Jan. 4, 2022
Streaming at 7/6c at & in the PBS Video App
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FRONTLINE and ProPublica have spent the last four years investigating the rising threat of far-right violence in America — from the deadly Charlottesville rally in 2017, to a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military, to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Now, one year after extremists and protesters descended upon the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., FRONTLINE, ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program will air a newly updated version of American Insurrection.

Originally broadcast in April 2021, the updated documentary includes timely new interviews from law enforcement and members of Congress, and examines the latest developments since the attack and where the movement may be headed.

From the same team behind FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s award-winning Documenting Hate series, correspondent A.C. Thompson, director Rick Rowley and producers Karim Hajj and Jacquie Soohen, American Insurrection examines how far-right groups were emboldened and encouraged by former President Trump to “fight like hell” on January 6, how individuals were radicalized and brought into the political landscape — and what the fears and concerns are going forward as extremist ideas appear to be moving into the mainstream.

While the widespread arrests of those involved with January 6 temporarily quieted protests and splintered some organized far-right groups, new, on-the-ground reporting in American Insurrection finds that was short-lived. One year later, Thompson’s reporting reveals that across the country momentum is building around overturning the 2020 election results, with crowds including some of the same characters and groups FRONTLINE and ProPublica have been tracking for years.

A stunning and urgent report, American Insurrection tracks how far-right groups who see themselves as defenders of the U.S. Constitution have been part of the American scene for decades, and how, as their ideas become more mainstream, the threat they pose endures.

An updated American Insurrection premieres Tues., Jan. 4, 2022, at 10/9c on PBS stations (check local listings) and will be available to stream on FRONTLINE’s website, YouTube, and the PBS Video App.

American Insurrection is supported by Exploring Hate, a public media reporting initiative from The WNET Group in New York designed to offer an in-depth understanding of the rising tide of hatred, hate crimes, antisemitism and racism. To provide additional historical context to the events leading to the January 6, 2021 insurrection, The WNET Group will also air Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union. The film premieres Thu., Jan. 6, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) and will be available to stream at and the PBS Video App.

American Insurrection is a FRONTLINE production with Midnight Films, LLC in partnership with ProPublica. The writer and director is Richard Rowley. The producer and correspondent is A.C. Thompson. The producers are Karim Hajj and Jacqueline Soohen. The consulting producer is Ford Fischer. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

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