Barack & Michelle Obama’s Production Company, Higher Ground, Wins Academy Award
The 44th President of The United States has certainly been enjoying his retirement so far. He’s done so much; such as volunteering at a food bank in Chicago, or scoring interviews with television legend David Letterman. Now, he can add another feat to his resume. Barack & Michelle Obama‘s production company, Higher Ground Productions, was able to take home an Oscar for its film, American Factory.
Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release. https://t.co/W4AZ68iWoY
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2020
Outside of the opening credits, the Higher Grounds Productions Company isn’t mentioned. In fact, Barack Obama’s name isn’t mention once in the movie.
The film is about a Chinese billionaire that buys an unused factory warehouse, outside of Dayton, Ohio. Its plot and scenes revolve around actual people, who use mini-microphones to enhance the dialogue of the employees and managers.
Great that American Factory won for best documentary. It is a superb documentary showing what life is like in an American factory (in Dayton) and how tough Chinese owners can be toward American workers. It’s the best documentary on the workplace I’ve seen since Harlan County USA
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) February 10, 2020
The cultures of the Chinese and American employees are pitted against one another. Managers in China come to the United States to realize how joyful working can be. When the Americans go to China, they discover the rigorous employee conditions and standards that they are held accountable for by their bosses.
In the way that directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert present the film, the choice on whether to sympathize with the Chinese owners is totally up to the viewer.
You can watch the full movie on Netflix.