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Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader (Trailer)

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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2009

Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader traces the early path of a man destined to make history and to be a catalyst for global change.

This exciting new documentary features footage from three of the earliest known recorded interviews with Obama: a1986 WMAQ-Chicago news story about Obamas earliest success as a community activist; a 1991clip from a news interview while he was a student at Harvard Law School; and a 15-minute lost interview done in 1993 by an aspiring African-American documentary producer in Chicago, which never aired.

In the third interview Obama was just 32-years-old, two years out of law school, a professor teaching constitutional law at University of Chicago, a fervent community organizer and a newlywed who had not yet contemplated running for public office. I might think about it, but that time is certainly in the future, says Obama in an excerpt from the found interview.

Becoming Barack also features rare personal photos; interviews with family and a range of Chicago-area leaders in business and in grassroots community organizing who knew Obama intimately during his formulative years, sharing personal memories and anecdotes; and historic photos and video footage of Obamas Chicago in the mid 80s through early 90s.

Becoming Barack reveals an unseen perspective of our new president at a time when he was finding his way—forming the ideals and principles that would guild him on an historic path. Even at this early time in his life, a vision of hope shines brightly a desire to make his country a better place for all people.

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