Friday, August 07, 2009


Above is the trailer for the documentary "Becoming Barack Obama." This exciting new documentary features footage from three of the earliest known recorded interviews with Obama: a 1986 WMAQ-Chicago news story about Obama's earliest success as a community activist; a 1991 clip 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 Obama's Chicago in the mid 80's through early 90's.