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Becoming Barack: Evolution Of A Leader (2009)

Various , Robert Yuhas  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Robert Yuhas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B5FOGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This exciting new documentary features footage from three of the earliest known recorded interviews with Obama: A 1986 WMAQ-Chicago news story about Obama's earliest success as a community activist; a 1991 clip from a news interview while he was a student at Harvard Law School; and a 15-minute ""lost"" interview done in 1993 by an aspiring African-American documentary producer in Chicago, which never aired.


There's been an explosion of Barack Obama memorabilia onto the market since the presidential election, much of it garbage just trying to cash in on the hysteria. This includes DVDs, although the best of the bunch for my money is this bio-pic which focuses on Obama's life from his days as a community organizer in Chicago right up to the present. The film includes footage of a 1990 interview conducted after he had been elected editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review which offers a hint of his greatness to come. We also learn that the name Obama means "Blessed by God," and that he had been heavily influenced by the writings of the late Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), a radical advocate for revolutionary change not by violence but by working within the system. Apparently Barack was attracted to Alinsky's progressive political philosophy because he was bothered by the inequalities he had observed in American society. And in news footage from 1993 we hear him state that he "wants to do something for blacks in the inner city," adding that "change won't come from the top. It'll come from the grassroots." Pivotal to Obama's agenda was "power" which Alinsky defined as "the ability to act in concert with others." In fact, Barack used the phrase, "It's a power thing," as the slogan of one of his early campaigns in Illinois. And, according to this bio-pic, "the reason he ran for President of the United States is for more power." His goal? "To create a community where every person has a decent shot at a decent life, and where people are lifted out of poverty and the middle class is expanded." A fitting tribute to the only President to dedicate his career to the poor and the disenfranchised. Kam Williams

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bcoming Barak August 1, 2009
Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader

This is different from every other DVD I have or have seen on Obama. Unlike most other DVD's that focus mostly on his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention and how he became President, this DVD focuses on his time in Chicago as a community organizer and how those experiences made him who he is today. The title is perfect.

I thought I knew about as much as there was to know about the President and his past, but I learned new information after watching it and it helped me understand how and why he develops coalitions and consensus while pushing his agenda forward. Hearing his mentors and colleagues from the 80's and early 90's, understanding how and why "Dreams of My Father" was written and changed from the original concept and seeing what he was able to accomplish as a community roganizer reinforced my personal belief that we all can make a difference.

Although it's not one long interview but broken up throughout the DVD, I can see from what's call the "lost" interivew that the President developed a philosophy from his time in Chicago that he believed in and carried out in his 2008 campaign and beyond.

This DVD is not just for fans and supporters of the President, but an inspirational "DVD" that will fire you up about what each of us can do in our lives to make a better communtiy and a better world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answering Sarah Palin's Question August 12, 2009
As part of her standard speech while running for VP of the Republican Party, Sarah Palin kept asking, "Just what does a community organizer do?" This documentary answers that question perfectly as it tracks this relatively unknown period of Barack Obama's life through the words, deeds, pictures and filmed sequences of not only all of the people that he worked with and supported, but also through his own words from a never-been-seen-before interview with Obama at that time. When he decided to move to South Chicago to establish a base for learning how to work with and help others, many of the citizenry living there were initially very skeptical of this young 'Ivy Leaguer' entering their neighborhoods and lives with ambitions of creating 'change.' He did this through coalescing all of the various religious, ethnic and political factions into one voice with specific goals and agendas. His ability to listen to, digest and process all of their points-of-view, develop game plans to solve those problems and simply and effectively communicate what had to be done to achieve success became instrumental in quickly winning over those many 'non-believers.' His consensus-building approach, collaborative skills and hard work always allowed him to deliver on his promises. You witness his ability to introduce order, provide structure and develop all of his other organizational skills that allowed him to consistently gain more attention, respect and credibility in an ever-widening political mainstream. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great video! August 18, 2012
If anyone black or white doesn't find Barack as being the most dedicated and sincere man and politician in modern times has to be naive or without emotion' after watching this!
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1.0 out of 5 stars not receiverd. December 4, 2012
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thei Item was not shipped to me. Please send me tjhe tracking number -if it was shipped. the post office was contacted ,but they need the tracking number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader review September 15, 2009
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This is a great story about the details of Obama's political background in the 80's and 90's. Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader
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