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


Vikram Gandhi


Adam Mansbach
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Terrell ... Barry
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Charlotte
Jason Mitchell ... PJ
Ellar Coltrane ... Will
Jenna Elfman ... Kathy Baughman
Linus Roache ... Bill Baughman
Avi Nash ... Saleem
John Benjamin Hickey ... Professor Gray
Ashley Judd ... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman ... Ali
Ralph Rodriguez ... Andre
Danny Henriquez Danny Henriquez ... Milton
Tessa Albertson ... Tina
Tommy Nelson ... 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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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 »


Charlotte: Are you nervous about meeting my family?
Barry: Why? Do I look nervous to you?
Charlotte: No. You look like you're going into battle.
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Features Black Orpheus (1959) See more »


I Shall Be Released
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Why make things up
8 January 2017 | by imdb-38751See all my reviews

I wonder who felt compelled to change the the facts: 1- Ann Dunham was 18 when she had Barak. Why have her say she was 19? 2- Obama Sr got a masters at Harvard. Why have Barry say it was a PhD?

3- no comment how he got from Occidental to Columbia?

4- in the eighties I was pulled over in my own town because my car was covered in salt from driving on the highway in the winter. As I'm not black I couldn't claim racism was his reason for pulling me over. But I did appreciate the police looking into any suspicious vehicles.

Nothing in this movie explains 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, how Barack met Michelle, or any of the other missing pieces of information from Barak's past.

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English | Swahili

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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