On Saturday, October 23rd, I watched the documentary 04/11/08. Surprisingly, it was only me and seven other people who saw the movie, but that didn’t change my impressions of the movie.
The film producer had asked friends all over the world to use their video cameras and tape stories concerning the election. We saw people who were interviewed, people who were excited and
Actually, I thought this was going to be a professional documentary with formal clips from all over the world. Instead it was more an amateur movie, with medium quality clips. This, on the other hand, made the overall impression of the movie more personal. We got to know people’s feelings. We saw how happy people were when it was announced that he was to be the president.
Living on the other side of the world and seeing the election from a distance I wasn’t familiar with all the different points of views regarding it. Maybe it is like some said in the documentary: that some didn’t vote for Obama because of his believes, but rather because he could become the first Afro American president. There was one guy in particular who caught my mind, a felon. He wasn’t allowed to vote- but he believed that electing Obama wouldn’t change much. His situation would still be the same. There is some sense to what he is saying. People believed Obama to be the saviour, to rescue them from all their different crises.
I am glad I was one of the few who chose to see the movie, though. It made me see and be a part of the America that was about to enter a period of change. We saw that throughout the world, people participated and were affected by this utterly thrilling election. The questions nowadays are: has he managed to do as he promised or did he give his people too high expectations? We have to wait and see if he manages to impose some more things, but for the moment the American citizens seem disappointed. What more can one expect? He is only a human being- not a hero with superpowers.