Indonesian film maker yesterday released first screening of a movie based on President Barack Obama’s childhood years in Indonesia.
“Obama Anak Menteng,” or “Obama the Menteng Kid,” is based on the book by the same name by Damien Dematra, who made the film with John de Rantau. Menteng is a district of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta.
The film was made in just a month, with a rushed schedule to have it ready in time for Obama’s scheduled trip to Indonesia a couple weeks ago. Obama ended up postponing that trip due to the Gulf oil spill.
The director said the film was about 60 percent true and 40 percent fiction, according to an interview with Time magazine.
Twelve-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali, who is also the son of a white mother and African-American father and speaks some Bahasa, played the young Obama. Scenes of Obama’s old neighborhood in Jakarta were actually shot in Bandung, West Java.
Dematra knew “virtually nothing” about Obama until he hatched the idea of writing a book about him at a dinner party at the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, according to the Christian Science Monitor.