Indonesia Brings Little Obama to the Screen

Country to present boyhood flick to pres. in June

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2010 5:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Indonesia will have a special present for President Obama when he visits in June: a movie about his years living in Jakarta. Little Obama tells the story of the president's life from ages 6 to 10, when he lived there with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. "It's about his friendships, his hobbies, just a childhood story," the screenwriter tells the AP. "It's not about politics, it's just the story of a boy."

To play Obama, the producers tapped 12-year-old Hasan Faruq Ali, an American who has lived in Indonesia since he was 2. "It feels great to play Obama," the novice actor said with a grin. "I was shy about it at first and there are some new difficulties that you have to work to get over," Ali said. "But then it became easy and fun, especially acting as a very important character who left here to become president."

In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali is seen before shooting Little Obama in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali is seen before shooting "Little Obama" in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali laughs before shooting Little Obama in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali laughs before shooting "Little Obama" in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali plays table tennis before shooting of film Little Obama in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali plays table tennis before shooting of film "Little Obama" in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali, center, acts as Obama during shooting of film Little Obama in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali, center, acts as Obama during shooting of film "Little Obama" in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali plays table tennis before shooting of film Little Obama in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-year-old American actor Hasan Faruq Ali plays table tennis before shooting of film "Little Obama" in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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