Global Policy Films presents in association with Romuald Sciora Media


80 minutes - A Documentary Film by Romuald Sciora, co-written with Steve Clemons

A definitive and illuminating reflection on the creation of the new strategic world order. With unprecedented access, A Chessman in Winter explores the political philosophy of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the linchpin geostrategist and statesman who served as National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981). Specifically, the film traces Brzezinski’s central role in international power politics during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the unrest in Poland, and other geopolitical realignments that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, all of which largely contributed to the emergence of the post-Cold War modern nuclear strategic era. While the film explores the past, it provides a lens through which we can understand the present, and a context from which we can come to shape our global future.

In the tradition of The Fog of War and The World According To Dick Cheney, A Chessman in Winter is built around exclusive interviews with Zbigniew Brzezinski conducted by Steve Clemons (Editor at large for the magazine The Atlantic, Director of The Washington Ideas Forum), interwoven with rarely seen archival footage and photographs of this turbulent era.

With the participation of Former President Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger..., the portrait of this central player in the seismic shift in global power politics will be at once engaging and insightful.

Distribution of the feature-length documentary is planned for 2017 (TV, DVD, festivals events).

This movie should be the first of a series of documentaries produced and directed by Romuald Sciora and dedicated to American Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War.



Zbigniew Brzezinski served as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, Brzezinski received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations, and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States.

His former public and political positions include serving as director of the Trilateral Commission (1973–1976), member of the Policy Planning Council of the Department of State (1966–1968), and co-chairman of the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force (1988). Brzezinski is the author of numerous books.

“Zbigniew Brzezinski : one of our most outstanding thinkers.” – President Barack Obama.