UUSD will present a 42-minute excerpt from the film Barack Obama: Made in Hawai’i on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. The film is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required.
The film tells the largely unknown story of the place and values that helped shape the 44th President — the multicultural society of Hawai’i and the Unitarian Universalist denomination. This documentary shows what shaped the values and formed the character of the young Barack Obama. This untold story needs to be included in the President’s legacy. This documentary began as an investigation into how Hawai’i shaped President Obama. It also gives a glimpse into the culture and society of Hawai’i and its remarkable spirit of Aloha.
The producer and filmmaker, Gloria Borland, grew up in Hawai’i around the same time as Barack Obama. Borland, like President Obama, is of mixed-race, with a black father and Japanese mother. Her career in independent media has included writing, producing, and hosting “The Business Owners” series for PBS. She became so intrigued by Obama’s Hawai’ian roots that she used her inheritance to begin working on this film. She has interviewed 51 people in nine different states and China. Painstaking historical research went into making this film, including proof of Obama’s Hawai’ian birth.
The film will be introduced by Carol Carter Walker, an active Unitarian Universalist, from Washington, DC, who is on Borland’s marketing team. Carol is a retired senior manager at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an active volunteer both in church and in civic life. She conducted the “Beyond Categorical Thinking” workshop for UUSD in the spring of 2016.
We will view and discuss the excerpt from
. The documentary has had a long birth process because Ms. Borland seeks to maintain creative control of the process. In production for eight years, the film is currently in final edit. The film has garnered support from the State of Hawai’i and from donations from ordinary people. Attendees will be given an opportunity to contribute toward the completion of the film.