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Anant Singh, the leading South African filmmaker, has just completed producing a documentary called Barrack Obama: The People's President on the new US president.

The documentary sketches Obama's rise to the White House in a triumph that saw the first black US presidentinaugurated last week.

It was scheduled to be screened on and the eNews channel last night, and it forms part of a trail of books that have been published, documenting the triumph of Obama from a little-known senator from Chicago, Illinos, to being the big man in the White House.

"We are delighted to have concluded a deal with for the broadcast of Barack Obama: People's President," said Anant Singh.

"The timely broadcast is certainly a scoop and will give viewers 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."

The documentary will also be released on DVD locally next month. It 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 organised 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," said Nilesh Singh, spokesman for Video Vision Entertainment.

"The film goes inside the grassroots campaign and also speaks with activists, journalists and political leaders as well as 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," said Nilesh.


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