Netflix Buys Rights to Young Barak Obama Movie ‘Barry’

According to, Netflix has bought the worldwide rights to Barry, a film that chronicles the life of young Barak Obama. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. Set in New York City, the film highlights “Obama as a college student faced with questions about race, culture, and identity.”

In a review of the film, Owen Glieberman called the work “bracingly authentic.” The movie is “set in 1981 when Obama was a 20-year-old college student who moved to New York to transfer to Columbia University, the film is rooted in the murky, drifting, sleep-late-and-get-stoned-and-do-whatever nature of college life that the movies almost never get right. This one does.”

Lead actor, Devon Terrell, plays Obama. Terrell was first discovered by English director and filmmaker, Steve McQueen and cast as the lead in his HBO pilot, Codes of Conduct.

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.



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