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Netflix debuts Toronto Film Festival film ‘Barry’ on 16 December

MUMBAI: As the US transitions from one presidency to the next, and a nation examines issues of diversity and acceptance, Netflix said that its original film ‘Barry’ resonates.

On 16 December, millions of members in 190 countries around the globe will have a chance to enjoy this exploration of a pivotal year in the life of the future 44th President of the US, during which he developed the foundations for his views on race, government, and what it means to be American.

A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.

Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi a Columbia University alumni was inspired to tell the story of Barack Obama’s time at the university, to write the story and direct this narrative feature.

Gandhi approached fellow alum Adam Mansbach to help tell that story, and from that collaboration Mansbach penned the script. ‘Barry’ stars newcomer Devon Terrell as the young student, and features a supporting cast including Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman and up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane nd Avi Nash.