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The Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, received an Oscar Sunday evening for their first documentary film, “American Factory” in the category of best documentary feature for a film. Barack congratulated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar on Twitter for telling the compelling story of the struggles that come with “wrenching economic change”
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
.Reichert says, “I hope our film makes you see two things: One is that workers around the world are definitely getting pushed down, but also that we can be fair to each other, we can listen to each other, I think that’s why President Obama and Mrs. Obama took on our film at Sundance – their company is called Higher Ground Productions, which is a great name – because they thought it could help people listen to each other and, through these stories, create empathy, which then builds relationships. That’s what we all do. We sit down and we tell each other our story and it creates empathy.”
It’s an inspiring beginning for Higher Ground Productions, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store!