Yes, but can we talk about the fact that literally as we sleep each night Netflix creates about 35 original programs? It's clearly planning world domination.
This latest edition to the streaming empire, the newly minted Independent Spirit Award nominee BARRY, focuses on President Barack Obama during his college years--a time when most of us are still grappling with who we are and who we want to be. For Obama, it seems (from the trailer below) that he floated across various social circles--white spaces and black spaces alike--in search of an a-ha moment where he would stumble upon his true identity as a biracial 20-something living in America. The subtle yet significant evolution of his birth name from his Barack to Barry suggests his assimilation to white American culture and a possible abandonment (or neglect) of his roots which would come to define these formative years of his life long before becoming Commander-in-Chief.
I find it interesting that this film comes just as the president is winding down his time in the White House, and its new tenant will be a conservative old white man whose relationship with the black community has reached threatening levels. It's as if this film serves as one last reminder of who we're
losing, in preparation for the contentious conversations that will undoubtedly replace him.
This is the first feature length film directed by Vikram Gandhi, and the cast includes Devon Terrell (as Barry), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton),Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), and Linus Roache (Law and Order).
More in the synopsis:
Watch the trailer:
BARRY debuts on Netflix December 16.