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

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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...

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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The film takes place in the year of 1981 which is about eight years prior to the time Southside with You (2016) is set in which is the year of 1989. See more »

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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 »

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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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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Heartbeat
Written by Kenton Nix
Performed by Taana Gardner
Courtesy of West End Records
Published by BMG Gold Songs
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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A Look into the Angsty Teen inside Obama
16 December 2016 | by (United States) – 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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