Preview of Barack Obama documentary to be shown Oct. 14

September 3, 2017

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will present a 42-minute excerpt from the documentary film "Barack Obama: Made in Hawai'i"  at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. The film excerpt will be shown at UUSD, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. The event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required. A discussion will follow the preview.

Carol Carter Walker, an active Unitarian Universalist from Washington, D.C., will introduce the film. Walker is a retired senior manager at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an active volunteer in church and civic life. She also serves on the film's marketing team.

Walker said, “The film tells the largely unknown story of the place and values that helped shape the values and form the character of the young Barack Obama, the 44th president - the multicultural society of Hawai'i and the Unitarian Universalist denomination." She says this documentary began as an investigation into how Hawai'i shaped President Obama, and it gives a glimpse into the culture and society of Hawai'i and its remarkable spirit of Aloha.

Gloria Borland is the producer and filmmaker of “Barack Obama: Made in Hawai'i.” Borland grew up in Hawai'i around the same time as Obama. Borland, like Obama, is mixed-race, with a black father and Japanese mother. Her career in independent media has included writing, producing and hosting "The Business Owners" series for PBS. Borland became so intrigued by Obama's Hawai'ian roots that she used her inheritance to begin working on this film. She has interviewed 51 people in nine different states and China. Painstaking historical research went into making this film, including proof of Obama's Hawai’ian birth.

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