The Obamas-Backed Documentary Clinches Oscar For The Best Documentary Feature

The Obamas-Backed Documentary Clinches Oscar For The Best Documentary Feature

Another feather in their cap!

The Obamas are a force to reckon with in whatever they do and their production house Higher Ground Production has just added another feather to their illustrious cap. Produced in association with Netflix, the documentary 'American Factory' has won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature of 2019.

The documentary features the stories and the fallout after the closure of a  manufacturing plant in Dayton, Ohio. The documentary looks closely at the effects it had on the life of the people in the city and how it changed the economic contours in the region. 

Barack Obama had written on an Instagram post last month when the nominations were announced that: "Oscar nominations came out today and I’m glad to see American Factory’s nod for Best Documentary. I like this film for its nuanced, honest portrayal of the way a changing global economy plays out in real lives. It offers a window into people as they actually are and it’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough. This is exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve through Higher Ground. Congratulations to the incredible filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, and the entire team!"



The Obamas were not present at the ceremony and as reported by The Week, the co-director Steven Bognar had recently revealed the reason behind their absence. Steven had said: "They’re very mindful that if they go somewhere it becomes a big deal, and they're great about: The spotlight should not be on them, it should be on the people in the stories."

Needless to say, it was a great moment for the former first couple and their production house may have just set extremely high standards to beat. Congratulations! 

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