Becoming Barack (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 August 2009 (USA)
A revealing portrait of Barack Obama's formative years in Chicago, featuring the oldest videotape interview Obama, from 1993.


Robert Yuhas

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Credited cast:
Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil LaMarr ... Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loretta Augustine-Herron Loretta Augustine-Herron ... Herself
Douglas Baird Douglas Baird ... Himself
Derrick Bell Derrick Bell ... Himself (archive footage) (as Professor Bell)
Charles Branham Charles Branham ... Himself
Melody Spann Cooper Melody Spann Cooper ... Herself
Ann Dunham Ann Dunham ... Herself (archive footage)
Edward Gardner Edward Gardner ... Himself
Terri Gardner Terri Gardner ... Herself
Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerald Kellman Gerald Kellman ... Himself (as Jerry Kellman)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Kruglik Mike Kruglik ... Himself
Alvin Love Alvin Love ... Himself


BECOMING BARACK presents a close-up, never-seen perspective of Barack Obama. Starting with his early days as a Chicago organizer in the 1980's and the early 1990's, BECOMING BARACK offers new details about how his identity evolved and his leadership skills developed. Even during this early period in his career, a vision of hope for "the world as it should be" shone brightly. But along the way, he realized that gaining power was the most certain path toward helping to assure change. This is the story of Barack Obama's amazing journey--a future president--years before he was a public figure! Written by Stuart Goldman

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Featuring footage from the earliest known recorded interviews with Obama See more »




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Release Date:

6 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader See more »


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$300,000 (estimated)
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Stuart Goldman Company See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)
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Featuring the oldest videotape interview with President Barack Obama from October, 1993. See more »


Barack Obama: My general view about politics and running for office, if you end up being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to serve, it's because you have a track record of service in the community. And I think right now I am still building that track record and if a point comes when I think I can do more good in a political office than doing the things that I am doing now, then I might think about it, but that time is certainly in the future. - Barack Obama, October 27, 1993.
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