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Obama’s “Leave the World Behind” No. 1 on Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground just released its latest feature, an apocalyptic thriller, “Leave the World Behind,” which is currently No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies to Watch in the U.S. 

The film, which is an adaptation of Rumaan Alam’s critically acclaimed novel, is about Amanda and Clay’s aspirational vacation with their teenage children, which is interrupted by the arrival of a middle-aged man and his daughter who own the holiday home and who have fled an unprecedented blackout in the city. When the internet, television, and radio stop working, as does the landline, they cannot find out what is happening. As strange sonic booms shatter the peace of the countryside and animals migrate in strange ways, the physical and mental health of the families begins to disintegrate. The renters are upscale and white; the owners are upscale and Black. 

The movie stars Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la Herrold, and Kevin Bacon. The film weaves in stereotypes people often say and perceive but know are not true while dealing with the world’s demise.

This is one of several projects Higher Ground has released on Netflix. “Rustin” recently debuted about Bayard Rustin, the 1963 March on Washington architect. And “American Symphony” was just released, which is about musician Jon Batiste, who sets out to compose a symphony, but his wife and author, Suleika Jaouad, learns that her cancer is back. 

One reviewer on IMDb said, “Leave the World Behind” “makes you think and has a very strong message to share. I’m not talking about conspiracy theories; I am talking about the smallest details within this film that you might overlook, but mean something. We are so wrapped up in our lives and fears that we lose track of what is important or should I say that we as humans are easily distracted by the powers at be, by shiny objects, and by the media. Watch this film closely, and get your message from it. The ending does make sense if you truly think about it.”

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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