Film producer, Anant Singh announced today that etv has acquired the South African broadcast rights to the Videovision Entertainment documentary feature, Barack Obama: People’s President. The film will be broadcast Tuesday, 27 January at 9.30pm e.tv and eNews Channel while the DVD will be released in South Africa on DVD in February 2009. Barack Obama: People’s President is produced by Singh, written, produced and directed by Danny Schechter (Countdown to Freedom: The Ten Days that Changed South Africa, Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons) and Executive Produced by Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Helena Spring and Rory O’Connor.
Barack Obama: People’s President shows how his campaign mantra of “Yes We Can” became “Yes We Did” astonishing Americans and exciting world opinion. This is the story of how Obama inspired and organized millions of new voters to support him, and how the amazing potential of the internet as a communications and networking tool was used effectively to canvass potential voters. The film goes inside the grass roots campaign and also speaks with activists, journalists and political leaders as well as South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rivonia trialist, Ahmed Kathrada who took Obama to Robben Island. The film also incorporates footage of Obama’s African tour of August 2006.
Producer, Anant Singh commented, “We are delighted to have concluded a deal with etv for the broadcast of Barack Obama: People’s President. The timely broadcast of the film on etv is certainly a scoop and will give South African audiences an insight into Barack Obama and his remarkable presidential campaign that ultimately resulted in him being elected the first black president of the United States of America.”
Barack Obama: People’s President is a Distant Horizon and Videovision Entertainment production of a Danny Schechter Dissection / Globalvision Film. It is Executive Produced by Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Helena Spring and Rory O’Connor and Produced by Anant Singh. The film is Written, Produced, and Directed by Danny Schechter.