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South African NRI filmmaker to produce Obama documentary


Johannesburg, Jan 17, 2009
Ashok Patel

NRI ANANT SINGH, South Africa's leading filmmaker, who has produced over 45 films in the last 15 years, announced to produce a documentary film on the first black president of the United States of America. His films including &aposCry, the Beloved Country&apos which starred Academy Award nominees James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

Anant Singh said:

  • He will be partner to produce and direct the film with Danny Schechter
  • "Barack Obama-- People's President" is written, produced and directed by Danny Schechter
  • Danny Schechter is already involve in "Weapons of Mass Deception" and "Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons"---the tale of Nelson Mandela.
  • He is in the process of negotiations with South African and US networks for the broadcast rights.
  • The election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States is historic
  • It will show 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 brilliantly the Internet was used as a communications and networking tool as part of the campaign.

Danny Schechter who worked at CNN and ABC NEWS before co-founding Globalvision said:

  • The Obama triumph is much more fascinating than what's been reported in the media. 'Barack Obama: People's President' tells the real story of Obama's journey to the White House with previously unseen footage and interviews
  • I spent decades in commercial news and I know how superficial coverage can often miss the real story.

Anant Singh said he was in the United States on election day and decided then that we would make a film on the first black and one of the youngest presidents of the United States. On Jan 20, he will be in Washington inauguration of Obama to film the documentary




Anant Singh