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“Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union,” a three-part HBO documentary series offering a behind-the-scenes look at President Barack Obama, arrives on HBO Max on August 4, coinciding with the former commander in chief’s 60th birthday.
Directed by Emmy-winner Peter Kunhardt, “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” will premiere on HBO on August 3, before hitting the streaming service. HBO described the documentary as detailing the “personal and political journey of President Obama as the country grapples with its racial history.” The documentary shares a cohesive portrait of America under its first Black president, beginning with Obama’s childhood. The series takes viewers inside his perspective of being the son of a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father, as well as the Black leaders that guided his spiritual journey, and his hopes for more inclusivity in America.
The documentary features a number of political figures and insiders, including Jelani Cobb, David Axelrod, the late John Lewis, Michael Eric Dyson, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Valerie Jarrett, Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Keegan-Michael Key, former government official Shirley Sherrod, journalists David Maraniss, Michele Norris, and “New Yorker” editor David Remnick. It also includes former colleagues such as Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, advisor Broderick Johnson, and Representative Bobby Rush.
“Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union is executive produced by Cobb, Peter Kunhardt, Andi Bernstein, Mona Sutphen, and Jacqueline Glover. George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, and Matthew O. Henderson are producers on the project.
If you’re not subscribed to HBO Max, the membership starts at just $9.99 a month to watch with ads, or $14.99 a month for ad-free streaming and access to every new Warner Bros. movie due out this year for the first 31 days after the theater release.
Although HBO Max doesn’t offer free trials directly through the platform, there are a few clever ways to join for free. For example, new subscribers can sign up through Hulu – which offers a free seven-day trial to HBO Max when you include it as an add-on to your Hulu subscription (Hulu has a free 30-day trial as well).
Additionally, AT&T has a bunch of plans that include free HBO Max for up to a year. The AT&T TV Choice plan, which is $84.99 a month, gets you live TV and 45,000 on-demand titles, in addition to 20 hours of DVD storage, access to thousands of apps including Prime Video and Netflix; plus NBA League Pass Premium, and a year free of HBO Max. You can also get free HBO Max when you sign up for the AT&T Unlimited Elite wireless plan, or the AT&T Fiber Internet 100. Cable providers typically offer HBO Max at no additional cost if HBO is apart of your plan. HBO Max lets you stream from up to four devices at once and you can access the app through Roku, Direct TV, Verizon Fios, Cox, Amazon Prime, Spectrum, Xfinity, and more.
The Obama documentary might be the latest HBO original to hit the platform this summer, but certainly not the last. From mega-blockbusters to cult classics, nostalgic TV shows, exclusive originals, and fascinating documentaries, HBO Max pretty much has it all. That means you can binge “Mare of Eastwood,” “The Undoing,” “Game of Thrones,” “Hacks,” “Oslo,” “In Treatment,” and “The Flight Attendant,” along with older series like “The Nanny” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
The streaming giant has tons of hit movies too, including “The Tenet,” “Birds of Prey,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Ready Player One,” “Wonder Woman,” “Rush Hour,” and “The Matrix.” HBO Max also has “Sesame Street,” and other kid-friendly programs and movies such as “Free Willy,” “Daddy Daycare,” “Curious George,” and “Ella Enchanted.”