Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Obama’s Jakarta Life to Be Made into Movie

Indonesian author, Damien Dematra, said Tuesday he plans to make a film about President Obama's childhood in Jakarta in time for the President's scheduled visit to Indonesia in June:
The movie is expected to include scenes of the future US president prostrating to God in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, as well as reciting from the Koran.

The film is based on the novel “Obama Anak Menteng” (“Obama the Menteng Kid”), which author Damien Dematra claims to be a true account of “Barry’s” childhood in the Jakarta suburb.

The novel was reportedly written in five days after Damien spent five days interviewing 30 people.

He said he had proof that Obama prayed in the manner of a Muslim and recited the Koran...

[Obama's] father and Indonesian stepfather were Muslim, though he attended secular and Catholic schools in Jakarta. [The President] spent three years in Jakarta in the late 1960s and early ’70s...

“Tomorrow we’re going to finalize the movie script," Damien said, "including whether we’ll show Obama praying or reciting from the Koran."

“The movie is an account of the people around him, friends, neighbors, teachers, schoolmates," he said...

Damien said that he hoped to “rekindle the spirit of pluralism and the power of dreams” through the movie.

“Obama is an icon of pluralism who proved to the world that although he was different, and from the minority, he could aim for the top and beat the majority."
H/T - Free Republic

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