Barack Obama's Transition from President to Film Enthusiast and Producer - Highlighting Diversity in Cinema

News - 28 December 2023

After his tenure as President of the United States came to an end, Barack Obama shifted his focus to more meaningful endeavors. One of his favorite pastimes became watching movies, a hobby he shares with many other cinema enthusiasts. In fact, Obama has taken to publishing an annual list of his top film picks, showcasing his discerning taste in cinema.

Following his departure from the White House, Barack Obama, along with his wife, established Higher Ground in 2018. This production company has already seen success with the release of the Oscar-winning "American Factory" and garnered multiple nominations in the television industry in recent years. Obama's top 10 film picks for 2023 included three films produced by Higher Ground: the critically acclaimed biopic "Rustin," the gripping thriller "Leave the World Behind" starring Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali, and the enlightening documentary "American Symphony.

" In an effort to encompass a diverse range of perspectives, Obama curated a separate top 10 list featuring his favorite films from the past year. This secondary list comprised titles such as "The Holdovers," "Blackberry," "Oppenheimer," "American Fiction," "Anatomy of a Fall," "Monster," "Past Lives," "Air," "Polite Society," and "A Thousand and One." This is not the first instance of Barack Obama sharing his favorite films with the public.

In previous years, his top picks included popular titles like "Top Gun: Maverick," "Everything Everywhere All at Once," and "Aftersun." Additionally, he showed appreciation for Nicolas Cage's performance in "Pig" in a prior annual list. Reflecting on the strides made by writers and actors in advocating for improved working conditions and protections, Obama highlighted films that embody their hard work over the past year.

These films not only entertain but also serve as a testament to the positive changes being ushered into the industry. As the landscape of the film industry continues to evolve, it is heartening to see influential figures like Barack Obama using their platform to shine a spotlight on deserving cinematic works. By supporting and celebrating diverse voices in film, Obama is championing a more inclusive and dynamic entertainment industry.