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Celebrate Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday With The Way I See It

Revisit the life and times of the former president with Dawn Porter’s documentary of White House photographer Pete Souza

Focus Features 08.04.2021

On August 4, Barack Obama celebrates his 60th birthday on Martha's Vineyard with Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and many others. You can have your own party with the 44th president at home by watching Dawn Porter’s The Way I See It. In exploring the candid portraits of the former White House photographer Pete Souza, the documentary presents a rich and intimate tableau of Obama’s presidency. “During my eight years in the White House, I might have spent more time with @PeteSouza than with anybody other than my family," wrote Obama on Instagram. "Pete was always there to document the best and most challenging days of my presidency, from high-stakes meetings with world leaders to quiet mornings reading briefings in the Oval Office."

"Expect to be moved to tears during this reflective film as clear-eyed as Souza’s photo books, reliving the memories of dignity that once piloted the country,” writes Souza, who had unfettered access to Obama’s life, captured not only a historic presidency but a political philosophy. "My America is in these pictures,” Souza announces in the film.

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