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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.

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WS6YA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Senator Obama Goes To Africa" on IMDb

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Forbes on August 22, 2008
Format: DVD
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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By WVU85 on December 14, 2014
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Not an Obama supporter by any stretch of the imagination. I voted against him and donated to his opponent both times. That said, I enjoyed this video. Interesting to see his transformation from an unknown senator to president.
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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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I enjoyed seeing Senator Obama evolve as a world statesman in this documentary. The pathos of the African people toward him were touching. The film, however, could have been edited better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kwesi Soti Mtundu on 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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By Kindle Customer on August 15, 2015
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amazingly inspiring... using his intelligence and common sense...
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Farris on May 14, 2008
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With the upcoming election looming, this video helps illustrate the depth and concern that Senator Obama will bring to foreign policy, not only in Africa, but in a broader sense. It also adds to the evidence and intrigue of his personality as genuine and highlights the candor he brings to potentially difficult subjects. The imagery of Africa, the brief visit with his family in Kenya, and the glimpse of how Senator Obama is viewed abroad are added reasons to view this item.
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