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A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barry
... Charlotte
... PJ
... Will
... Kathy Baughman
... Bill Baughman
... Saleem
... Professor Gray
... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman ... Ali
... Andre
Danny Henriquez ... Milton
... Tina
... Buzz


A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.

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Before he was Barack, he was...


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Барри  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Southside with You (2016), this is the second film to be made about Barack Obama in 2016. It went into production about a month after Southside with You (2016) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »


Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »


James Boggs: You take the baton from the ones who've come before you, and you carry it as far as you can. And then you hand it off
Grace Lee Boggs: That's life. A beautiful struggle.
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Kamikaze Love
Written by Daniel Infantino and Richard Ivans
Performed by White Heat
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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A Look into the Angsty Teen inside Obama
16 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie is not entirely what I was expecting; I expected a chronicle of the young life of Obama and his years at Columbia and Harvard. Instead, I saw a powerful story of race and a young man trying to find himself in a big city where he doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. The movie largely focuses on this concept of Obama not fitting in and seeming alone in the world; there are probably right around five minutes total of simply scenes of Barry smoking cigarettes by himself, pondering life. This is a tale of angst and identity. It shows a much more human side to our president that we don't get to see very often. At the very least, it will give you a more human understanding of the president and maybe you will be able to see the drive and optimism that he still has for our country. He is critical of the system and believes the people must make change happen, two ideas still similar to his beliefs, though due to the way Washington works, was simply unable to fully follow through on.

Overall, although it is a little slow at parts, it sends a powerful message about race and what it's like to not feel like you fit in anywhere.

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