Netflix original, American Factory, a documentary produced by Michelle and Barack Obama, took home the award for the best documentary at the 92nd Oscars award. As the former president and the first lady could not make it to the ceremony; Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, films co-directors, accepted the award on their behalf.
The documentary is the first release from the Obama’s production company; Higher Ground Production. The former US president and his wife founded the company in 2019. In the same year, they announced a deal between their company and Netflix.
Julia Reichert, the filmmaker, said that American factory features the states Ohio and China. However, it could be from anywhere where people put on uniform and worked hard to provide for their families. She added that working people have it harder in life these days, and that she believes things can only get better when the workers of the world unite.
The film follows the lives of thousands of workers laid off from their auto jobs in Moraine Ohio. In the film, the story shows what happens when; a Chinese company opens an automotive glass plant at a former General Motor plant in Ohio, and faces profound cultural differences and community skepticism.
Participant Media, also producers in the film, CEO David Linde said that; they believe that storytelling has the ever vital opportunity, to spark positive social change in the world we live in today. The CEO went on to thank everyone involved in the production of the film for helping shed light on those crucial issues worldwide.
The documentary won the Directors Guild of America (DGA). DGA is an entertainment guild that represents the interest of the directors in the United States motion pictures. The film also won the Los Angeles Film critics documentary prize.
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In a video Interview with American Factory directors, Barack explained the mission of the company. He said that everyone has a sacred story in them, a story that gives meaning and purpose. He added that; their mission is to give voice to the stories that will help people understand something they did not understand before.
The former president congratulated Julia, Steven and everyone behind the making of the American factory via twitter. The former president said that it pleased him to see two downright talented good people take the Oscar home. The first lady also congratulated Julia, Stevens and the whole team on winning the award via twitter. Michelle added that she was so glad to see the co-directors hard work and honesty recognized.