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Senator Obama Goes To Africa (2007)

Barack Obama , Bob Hercules  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barack Obama
  • Directors: Bob Hercules
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WS6YA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Senator Obama Goes To Africa" on IMDb

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Barack Obama returns to his family's roots on an emotional journey to Africa-- the vast continent that is gaining increasing importance in this age of globalization. Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely documentary follows Senator Obama as he travels to the land of his ancestry.

In South Africa we accompany Senator Obama and his wife Michelle on a trip to Robben Island - the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 21 years. At a Darfur refugee camp in Chad, we see, through Obama's eyes, the devastating effects of genocide, and listen in to Senator Obama's discussions with victims of the crisis, U.N. officials, and other aid workers as he explores ways in which the United States can lend support to the victims.

The heart of the film is Obama's emotional homecoming to Kisumu, Kenya - his father's home - where thousands of people turn out to greet him. "It was completely overwhelming," says Michelle Obama, the Senator's wife. "It's hard to describe unless you were there--to see hundreds and thousands of people lining the streets of this very small town to greet my husband."

Throughout it all, Senator Obama narrates the film, giving his own perspective on the journey and the significance of Africa to U.S. interests. Additional perspective is included through interviews with experts on African affairs as well as with U.S. political commentators.


A touching and intimate look at one man's search for his roots... Obama spreads his contagious spirit everywhere he goes. --Chicago Int'l Documentary Festival

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I have read the following books regarding the Illinois Senator: Obama's "Dreams of My Father...," "The Audacity of Hope" and "Obama: From Promise to Power" by David Mendell. My recommendation would be to see this powerful documentary after reading at least Mendell's book, as the events in Bob Hercules and Keith Walker's film are described in "Obama: From Promise to Power" in detailed chronology. For me, it was exciting to be watching "Senator Obama Goes to Africa" and knowing (from Mendell's book) about the events I was seeing. It was almost like I was a tour guide for my family as we watched the documentary.

Ultimately, what I'm saying is that there are several sources of information on Obama's career and life that compliment each other and each make their own unique contributions. Obama's "Dreams of My Father..." adds a personal background to this documentary that is important, too.

But, focusing on the Hercules and Walker work, it could be said that there is nothing more powerful than seeing images of things that really happened. For the most part, a lot of us take photography, film (etcetera) as the closest thing to evidence of the truth that there is. Of course, like any work, a documentary film is edited, and it has the signature of its makers and their points of view. Yet, Hercules and Walker seem to manage pretty well to keep themselves out of the way and let viewers see this journey for themselves. As in all good documentaries, it gives you that feeling that you're an unnoticed "fly on the wall," able to see things without them seeing you. Another metaphor is that it's like a window, and it achieves what they call in film school and scholarly research, "the willingnesss to suspend disbelief.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue of then Senator Obama November 24, 2009
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A good documentary showing slices of the man and politician. Pretty much a precursor of what we saw during the 2008 campaign. No insight into his view of Africa other than confirming for me that his engagement of the continent is at a distance. While focusing a small bit on economics the big scenes are related to the problem areas. It does, however, capture the real gift he has for exciting people, particularly those who see him as a symbol of something bigger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Senator Obama Goes To Africa February 20, 2014
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What a great dvd. I'm so proud of our President and see him before he became President makes me more proud. This is a great man but survived (and still surviving) people who hate him because of his complexion and becoming president (in that order). I've never heard and felt, from others, such fear and hate for a president before.

It was obvious he was bound for greatness from this film and I recommend it become part of everyone's library. A must see and experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In 2007, then Senator Obama Visited Africa April 18, 2013
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This 60 minute documentary gives the highlights of his tour to South Africa, Chad and Kenya, the land of his father. Bonus features include a visit to the Masai Mara Game Preserve and an African Journey in Pictures.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No February 13, 2013
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On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" - a 21st century take on FDR's famous radio addresses - to talk about his State of the Union Address.

During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech.

How you can join:
Right now, you can submit a question for the President and vote on your favorites on the White House +YouTube Channel: [...]

On Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00 p.m. ET, watch President Obama's State of the Union Address on the +The White House Google+ page and at [...]

Then, be sure to watch the hangout live on Thursday, February 14th at 4:50 p.m. ET on the +The White House Google+ page and at [...]

Learn more about the State of the Union Address and how you can get involved at [...]

#firesidehangout #sotu
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