Barack and Michelle Obama’ produced Netflix documentary ‘American Factory’ Scores  Oscar nomination

The first documentary released by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, has earned an Oscar nomination  “American Factory,” which was release by Netflix last year earned a nod for best documentary feature.


The former president tweeted, “Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary,””It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team

Michelle Obama wrote on Instagram along side a pics  “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.”

In “American Factory,”  directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar look at an Ohio factory as a case study on globalization, automation and the rapidly shape shifting world economy. A Chinese billionaire reopens an abandoned General Motors plant, rehiring thousands of U.S. workers but introducing new struggles and setbacks.

Reichert and Bognar said in a joint statement they were “over the moon at today’s news” in a statement. Though female directors were shutout of the feature film category, four of the five feature documentary nominees were either directed or co-directed by women.
“The fate of working people around the globe is under great pressure and duress, and we hope ‘American Factory’ can give voice to their journey,” they added.

Higher Ground is staffed by veterans of the entertainment industry, including former employees of MTV, ESPN and FX Networks.

The “American Factory” joined “The Cave,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland” in its nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony will take place Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.