Obamas’ production company lands Oscar nod for documentary ‘American Factory’

17 Janvier, 2020, 18:20 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

The first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions was nominated for an Oscar on Monday.

The Netflix documentary film titled American Factory, which tells the story of a Chinese company which took care of the former General Motors plant was the film that got the Obamas the Oscar nod for Best Documentary.

Higher Ground Productions is an organization of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

The Oscar nominations were announced Monday morning from the Academy's new museum, which is set to open later this year in Los Angeles.

Michelle Obama included her very own article: "What Julia and Steve capture on film is at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real - exactly the kind of story Barack and I wanted to lift up with Higher Ground Productions".

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The former FLOTUS added that she and Barack are proud and amazed at the talent Reichert and Bognar have for storytelling. Congratulations to the incredible filmmakers and the whole team! "I hope you'll see for yourself by checking it out on @Netflix". A Chinese language billionaire re-opens an deserted Frequent Motors plant in OH, rehiring hundreds of USA workers however introducing unique struggles and setbacks.

The film also features narration from the subjects of the film, which was recorded in their homes, while other interviews were conducted against the sounds of the factory.

The documentary was widely acclaimed, with a 96% approval rating for Rotten Tomatoes and a metacritical score of 86 out of 100.

The New Yorker's Richard Brody said: "The filmmakers' probing analysis reveals the basic principles of freedom and dignity within the political essence of labor issues".

However, American Factory is available to stream on Netflix.


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