Barack Obama's Time At Columbia University Featured In Netflix Film 'Barry'By Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Another film about Barack Obama's life will premiere on Netflix next month. This time, it follows his experiences as a student at Columbia University.
The Wrap reported that the first full trailer for Netflix film "Barry" has been released. It showed a young Barack Obama trying to figure out how he, as a bi-racial man, would fit into the American Dream. The young Barack Obama will be portrayed by Devon Terrell.
The film would then follow his experiences in New York City in the fall of 1981 as he begins his junior year at Columbia University. It would show Barry's struggles including how he gets pulled between various social spheres as well as his relationships with his mother, his estranged father as well as his classmates.
The cast for "Barry" also includes Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane and Avi Nash. Fellow Columbia University alum Vikram Gandhi directed the Netflix film while fellow alum Adam Mansbach wrote the script.
Netflix was able to acquire the worldwide rights to "Barry" after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Southside With You" was another film about young Barack and Michelle Obama. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Quartz noted that several critics have deemed the biopic as a "moving story about race and identity in America." It has garnered a lot of positive reviews.
The publication added that Barack Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to a white mother, who was from Kansas, and a black father, who was from Kenya. For his higher education, he first attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and then transferred to Columbia University as a junior in 1981.
According to Netflix, on Dec. 16, during its premiere of "Barry," members worldwide will be able to enjoy the film. The streaming website described the movie as "a pivotal year in the life of the future 44th President of the United States, during which he developed the foundations for his views on race, government, and what it means to be American."