Barry: Tale of Young Barack Obama at Columbia University

Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Barry, a week after the young Barack Obama movie premiered at the Toronto Film Fest.

The movie is set in New York City, in 1981, with Obama as a college student faced with questions about race, culture, and identity.

Barry premiered in the Special Presentations section at the Ryerson Theater on September 10.

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The tale is set in 1981, when Obama was a 20-year-old college student who moved to New York to transfer to Columbia University.

Barry is a joint production between Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media, produced by Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe and Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman.

It is the first production for Jon Sloss’ Cinetic.

Vikram Gandhi, whose Kumare won the 2011 audience award at SXSW, directed from a screenplay penned by novelist Adam Mansbach, who wrote Go the F**k to Sleep.

Barry moved  into production a month after another Obama movie, Southside With You, premiered at the Sundance Film Fest.

Roadside Attractions and Miramax teamed to buy U.S. rights to Southside, which re-creates the 1989 first date between Michelle and Barack Obama.

The film has grossed $6.1 million in three weeks with a peak of 897 theaters.