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Senator Obama Goes to Africa
Year:  2007
Running Time:  52 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  Bob Hercules & Keith Walker

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

Barack Obama returns to his family's roots on an emotional journey to Kisumu, Kenya - land of his father - in this new documentary.

Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely documentary follows Senator Barack Obama as he travels to the land of his ancestry. From South Africa to Kenya to a Darfur refugee camp in Chad, Obama explores the vast continent that is gaining increasing importance in this age of globalization.

The heart of the film is Obama's emotional homecoming to Kisumu, Kenya - his father's former home - where thousands of people turn out to greet him. In South Africa, we follow Senator Obama 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.

Throughout it all, Senator Obama narrates the film, giving his own perspective on the journey and the significance of Africa to U.S. interests.

What the Critics are Saying:

"Anyone who doubts Barack Obama’s credentials on foreign policy should watch this new documentary." - Daily Kos

"Excellent!" - The Aquarian

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