Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama unveiled their first project from Higher Ground on Wednesday, releasing a preview of “American Factory.”
“A good story gives you the chance to better understand someone else’s life. It can help you find common ground. And it’s why Michelle and I were drawn to Higher Ground’s first film, American Factory. Take a look at our conversation with the directors, and check it out on Netflix,” Obama wrote on Twitter, including a clip of an interview with filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar.
The Obamas said that since leaving their law careers, they had a passion to tell stories.
“We want to be in relationships with people and connect with them and work together with them,” Barack Obama said, adding that “we all have a sacred story.”
“A story that gives us meaning and purpose and how we organize our lives,” he said.
According to Higher Ground, “American Factory takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans.”
Bognar said the factory workers’ stories are “equally compelling to superheroes’.”
“People trust us with their story, and that’s a huge responsibility, but we feel so lucky,” he said.
The former first couple have signed a multi-year contract with Netflix, with other planned projects set to include a feature film about Frederick Douglass.
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