Film of Barack Obama’s childhood in Indonesia debuts

The premiere of a film about Barack Obama’s life as a child in Indonesia is taking place in the capital Jakarta.

Obama The Menteng Kid, based on a book, is a fictionalised biography of the boy who went on to become the US president.

The title refers to the Jakarta neighbourhood where Mr Obama lived and went to school for four years.

Potentially controversial scenes of a young Obama reciting the Koran with Muslim pupils have not been included.

The scenes of the future US president – a Christian – were dropped after they were deemed “too political”.

Producer Raam Punjabi said the film was meant to send a message of hope and not religion.


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