Sad to see the Obama years come to a close? Hungry for as much of the man as you can take before Trump moves in on Pennsylvania Avenue? If so, Netflix has you covered with ‘Barry’, the inspiring story of where it all began, debuting on December 16, 2016.
Premiering at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim, ‘Barry’ is a nuanced, artistic exploration of a pivotal year in the life of the 44th president of the United States. A young Barack Obama arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. What follows lays the foundation for his views on race, government, and what it means to be an American.
Director Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré, HBO’s “Vice”) approached Adam Mansbach (author of “Go the F**k to Sleep”) — both Columbia alumni — to help tell this origin story, and from that collaboration Mansbach penned the script. The film stars Australian newcomer Devon Terrell in a breakout performance as Barry, and features a strong supporting cast including Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, and up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, and Avi Nash.