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“Southside With You” stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter stressed at the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers that their Sundance first-date movie embodies the essence of Barack and Michelle Obama, it doesn’t impersonate them.

“I think we made it a point when [director Richard Tanne] and I decided to do the project, we did not want to do impersonations,” Sumpter said. “We wanted to embody their essence of who they are.”