Obama Documentary: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union is now available to watch on Showmax.


Barack Obama’s documentary, In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, is now available to watch on Showmax.

The HBO documentary Barack Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union follows President Barack Obama on his personal and political journey as America grapples with its racial history.

The three-part docuseries, directed by seven-time Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt and executive produced by The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb, has a 91 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with RogerEbert.com calling it “a comprehensive and compelling analysis… Kunhardt’s film vividly demonstrates how important the discussion of Obama’s handling of race is to American culture as a whole, especially given that every president before him was a white man.”

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, released to coincide with the former president’s 60th birthday, includes interviews with politicians Jesse Jackson, professors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West, political consultant David Axelrod, authors Michael Eric Dyson and Ta-Nehisi Coates, reverends Alvin Love and Jeremiah Wright, New Yorker editor David Remnick, speechwriter Jon Favreau, and journalist.

The series, which is interspersed with Obama’s speeches and news interviews, begins with Obama’s childhood and follows him through his experiences as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

However, according to the Los Angeles Times, “HBO’s new documentary goes places the Obama media machine might not have… It ultimately distinguishes itself by delving deeper into the plethora of issues that arose after America finally elected its first Black president.”

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