Not quite sure we need another Barack Obama film this soon (on the fence about the other one as well) but this one looks well done. A strong trailer backed by the soulful-stylings of Anthony Hamilton shows the gritty rise of our 44th President in 1980’s NYC. Do we run the risk of overdoing the subject matter without deep reflection on what has gone down for the last 8 years? Seems like a Hollywood system that has chosen when Black stories are worth of being told. See for yourself coming to Netflix December 16.
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later. Only on Netflix December 16.