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Chicago fifth grader Lorenzo Rivera a star in HBO "By the People" Obama documentary


Chicago Sun-Times writer Mary Houlihan profiles Chicago fifth grader Lorenzo Rivera, a break out star in HBO's "By the People" documentary on the Obama presidential campaign, where he is featured making canvassing calls. Read Houlihan's Sun-Times article here.

Houlihan: "Lorenzo Rivera may be only 11 years old, but he knows more about politics than many adults.

The Chicago fifth-grader proves just how much in the new documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," where he is filmed making campaign calls on Obama's behalf in 2008.

In the movie, debuting at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HBO, filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams capture Lorenzo, only 9 at the time, handling a call to a confused voter with a calm and grace belying his young age.


this is a perfect example of a young man taking ownership in his future. This country needs more Lorenzo Rivera's

This boy was so amazing. If you couldn't see his face, you'd think he was an articulate college aged man. I'd like to know more about how he become so cultured and graceful.

I know many men in their 20's that still can't speak as well as this child.

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