With Barack Obama’s presidency coming to a close, he’s been making many headlines with various initiatives to push the country and the black community forward. In addition, he’s also influenced many with his success story.
After the POTUS and FLOTUS’ union inspired the biographical romantic drama film Southside With You, a new biopic on the Obama as a young college student. According to Variety, the film entitled Barry was bought by Netflix at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday (Sept. 16).
Set in 1981, the film walks us through the life of 20-year-old Barack Obama (played by newcomer Devon Terrell) who moved to New York City after transferring to Columbia University. The film raises questions about race, culture and identity, in addition to being “rooted in the murky, drifting, sleep-late-and-get-stoned-and-do-whatever nature of college life that the movies almost never get right,”adds Variety.
An Australian native, this role will be Terrell’s film debut after being discovered by 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. “I was born in the States and grew up in Australia, and I’m mixed-race,” he says. “I’ve had that same experience of, like, where do I sit? He speaks to so many people like me all over the world. It doesn’t matter where you are or where you were born, you have a reason to be here and you belong somewhere.”
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