A new documentary explores President Obama’s complex relationship with the black community.
Dubbed “A Complicated Affair,” the film examines the widespread support and criticism he’s received from African Americans, and attempts to understand the expectations the community had for the President upon electing him in 2008.
The filmmakers – Ernest Champell and Ted Thornton – initiated this film project in the beginning of Obama’s first administration. “A Complicated Affair” began as a mini-documentary, but has expanded as the hope has been replaced with disbelief. Champell and Thornton are interviewing former members of the Black Panther Party to explore their expectations of the nation’s first black American president.
Two of the featured leaders are Mohammed Mubarak and Roland Freeman, who were both Black Panthers. “If I were to talk to Obama, I would invite him to come to the Black communities, where ever there were Black people who were having difficulties or struggles, challenges. Come and have a town hall meeting in those cities,” Mubarak explains in the documentary.
Obama’s presidency is historic and has been explored from numerous angles, but Champell and Thornton’s work is important. The perspective of former Black Panthers that fought for breakfast programs for underprivileged communities and promoted the importance of Black Studies programs at collegiate institutions is often ignored or deemed unimportant.
The filmmakers are currently seeking financial contributions to complete the film.
Check out a clip from the film below:
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