Senator Obama Goes to Africa

Bob Hercules and Keith Walker's 53-minute video is a dry but nonetheless illuminating look at the freshman senator, already an international star, as he tours the African continent in August 2006. The movie begins in Kenya, where Obama and his wife visit his grandmother, and follows the couple to Kibera, a gigantic slum on the outskirts of Nairobi that Obama first encountered when he toured the continent by auto in the 80s; Chad, where he tours a camp for Sudanese refugees; and Cape Town, where he criticizes the South African ministry of health for its inadequate response to the AIDS crisis. The most dramatic sequence shows him visiting Robben Island and inspecting its former maximum security prison with African National Congress leader Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced alongside Nelson Mandela in 1965.

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