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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Emerging Cinema of Obama

Posted by on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 8:29 AM


The premiere of a film about Barack Obama's life as a child in Indonesia is taking place in the capital Jakarta. Obama The Menteng Kid, based on a book, is a fictionalised biography of the boy who went on to become the US president. The title refers to the Jakarta neighbourhood where Mr Obama lived and went to school for four years.

Potentially controversial scenes of a young Obama reciting the Koran with Muslim pupils have not been included. The scenes of the future US president—a Christian—were dropped after they were deemed "too political". Producer Raam Punjabi said the film was meant to send a message of hope and not religion.

Indeed, there is no hope in religion. Here is the trailer for The Menteng Kid:


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Cory 1
Movie looks cool... I'd love to see it some day.
Posted by Cory on July 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM · Report this
lark 2
Good Afternoon Charles,
I am not going to see this film anytime soon. I think it a foolish idea on the part of the producers. I read about an Obama musical. As I recall, it was critically panned and was a commericial flop here in Seattle.

Books on Obama are fine. They require more nuance. But, as for the rest of the popular media (film, television, stage and song), I say leave the guy alone. It feeds a "cult of personality". I would say that for any American President. Let the guy do his job.
Posted by lark on July 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM · Report this
This looks weirdly like a Karate Kid movie, about Barack Obama.
Posted by planned barrenhood on July 2, 2010 at 5:14 AM · Report this

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