Barry is a 2016 American drama film directed by Vikram Gandhi about Barack Obama’s life at Columbia University in 1981. It stars Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Ellar Coltrane, Avi Nash, and Linus Roache. It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on Netflix on December 16, 2016.
- Starring : Devon Terrell / Anya Taylor-Joy
- Genre : Biography / Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English / Swahili
- Director : Vikram Gandhi
- Production : Black Bear Pictures / Cinetic Media
- Distributor : Elevation Pictures / Netflix
Barry release date
- September 10, 2016 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- December 16, 2016 : Germany (internet)
- December 16, 2016 : Sweden (internet)
- December 16, 2016 : USA (internet)
- December 16, 2016 : USA (limited)
- Devon Terrell as Barry
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Charlotte
- Jason Mitchell as PJ
- Ellar Coltrane as Will
- Jenna Elfman as Kathy Baughman
- Linus Roache as Bill Baughman
- Avi Nash as Saleem
- John Benjamin Hickey as Professor Gray
- Ashley Judd as Ann Dunham
- Sawyer Pierce as Thad
- Eric Berryman as Ali
- Ralph Rodriguez as Andre
- Danny Henriquez as Milton
- Tessa Albertson as Tina
- Tommy Nelson as Buzz
In 1981, a 20-year-old Barack Obama, commonly known as Barry, arrives in New York City to attend Columbia University as a transfer student from Occidental College. Unable to contact his expected roommate, Will, Barry spends the night in the streets. The next day, Barry succeeds in contacting Saleem, a man he met at a party a few months back, who welcomes him in his apartment. Later, Barry meets his roommate Will and they both begin to live in their off-campus apartment on 109th street. As they are walking to class, Barry meets his neighbors when one of them asks for a cigarette. In class, Barry is engaged as a student and participates in classroom debates about philosophy and American society. While in New York, he behaves as a man apart from everyone, not sure of what he has to do to feel accepted. During his political science class, Barry meets Charlotte, a nice girl who seems to have an interest for debates. When he is not in class, Barry is playing basketball.
While playing basketball, Barry soon gets nicknamed “The Invisible Man” by PJ, a graduate student at Columbia who grew up in the Grants Houses in Harlem. Later that night, Will and Barry both attend a frat party at Columbia where they see Charlotte again. In an attempt to leave the party, both Charlotte and Barry go to a club downtown where they form a closer connection and begin to date.
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