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Obama: Episode I.
July 1, 2010 3:39 AM   Subscribe

A new movie based on Obama’s childhood in Indonesia has just been released in Jakarta. The film is based on a novel released just this year. Certain differences can be noted between the book and the movie – for example, a scene showing Obama praying in the direction of Mecca was dropped.
posted by micketymoc (23 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
For a Muslim, he sure does like beer a lot.
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:24 AM on July 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


Reading his website, I get the feeling that he creates a lot of content. He must feel very accomplished with his 60 books, 57 film writing credits, and 20 production credits. I wish him luck.
posted by hanoixan at 4:56 AM on July 1, 2010


(and by his, I mean the writer/director Damien Dematra)
posted by hanoixan at 5:13 AM on July 1, 2010


For a devout muslim, he sure spends a lot of time in evangelical christian churches.
posted by MuffinMan at 5:14 AM on July 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


For a Nobel Peace Prize winner...
posted by Joe Beese at 5:30 AM on July 1, 2010 [5 favorites]


I like the part where young Obama chases the money changers from the temple.
posted by crunchland at 5:36 AM on July 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


This will give the right wing the most anti-Obama ammunition they've had since that time he did or said anything.
posted by Legomancer at 5:37 AM on July 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I always refer to Obama as Oobama.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:41 AM on July 1, 2010


For a socialist, he sure loves private control of the public sphere.
posted by DU at 5:48 AM on July 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


Before a story becomes history
His story is not a mystery
Also not a fairytale
It's about bravery
Humanity
Dignity
It's about a boy
About his friendship
And his spirit
Keeping his dreams alive
Leaving his memories behind
This is a part of his story
In Jakarta


About 0:45 in the trailer, with the dramatic schoolyard face-off, it occurred to me that this felt like a trailer for Young Rocky Conquers Grade School. Then came the boxing glove sequences. I don't know what to make of this.
posted by zennie at 5:54 AM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


The pod race part would have been pretty cool, but he kept making those ridiculous noises.
posted by yhbc at 6:00 AM on July 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


These are just the flash-forward scenes. On the way to Indonesia his plane gets torn apart and they land on this strange, magical island ... OBAMA LOST.
posted by geoff. at 7:23 AM on July 1, 2010


a scene showing Obama praying in the direction of Mecca was dropped.

Interesting. Can anyone think why?
posted by watercarrier at 7:37 AM on July 1, 2010


Please please please can this be like the Lady Gaga threads where everyone dumps all their funny Obama homages?
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:41 AM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Not enough discussion here about the actual trailer, people!
Give it some props, it really does look pretty neat. Based on viewing this trailer, I would certainly take my family to see this movie, non-ironically.
posted by Bwithh at 8:29 AM on July 1, 2010


Not enough discussion here about the actual trailer, people!

I'm glad you saw something in it you can latch on to. To me, it looks like a cross between a Lifetime Original Movie and and After School Special, and not in a good way.
posted by crunchland at 8:39 AM on July 1, 2010


I wonder if the production costs were within the budget of the RNC, Heritage Foundation, Citziens United, Et al.
posted by clarknova at 8:43 AM on July 1, 2010


Hmm. Looks like they were. In fact it looks like they were within MY budget.

I wonder if this is how Chinese people felt when watching Mulan.
posted by clarknova at 8:47 AM on July 1, 2010


Not good.
posted by unliteral at 9:18 AM on July 1, 2010


I tried watching the clip. The music gave me flashbacks to episodes of the Six Million Dollar Man or something, though. Then when I realized no bionics were involved in the story I lost interest. Needs more bionics.

I am sad that they did not think to add bionics to the story of Obama's childhood to make it more awesome. It would've matched the music better then too. That is my review of what I saw. Thank you for reading.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:19 AM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


For a devout muslim, he sure spends a lot of time in evangelical christian churches.

If you mean Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ, you could not be further off the mark. The UCC is about as far from "evangelical" as a mainline Protestant church can get.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:10 AM on July 1, 2010


The UCC is about as far from "evangelical" as a mainline Protestant church can get.

evangelical does not mean conservative

"The Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches united in 1957 to form the UCC. "

that's the 2nd sentence of the article you linked to
posted by pyramid termite at 10:31 AM on July 1, 2010


"Evangelical" is a shotgun definition. The UCC is not like the "Jesus freak speaking in tongues call Benny Hinn to give your social security check" churches who also call themselves evangelical, but they can call themselves as such because they preach the Gospels. Read all about it.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:38 AM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


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