|Senator Obama Goes to Africa
A Film by Bob Hercules & Keith Walker
52 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2007
Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely documentary follows 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.
Additional perspective is included through interviews with experts on African affairs as well as with U.S. political commentators.
Watch a Scene from the Film
"Anyone who doubts Barack Obama’s credentials on foreign policy should watch this documentary." - Daily Kos (Read the complete review)
"Excellent!" - The Aquarian (Read the complete review)
"A touching and intimate look at one man's search for his roots... Obama spreads his contagious spirit everywhere he goes." - Chicago International Documentary Festival
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