The first film to be produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions has scored an Oscar nomination.

On Monday, “American Factory,” a thought-provoking documentary about a culture clash at a Dayton, Ohio manufacturing plant, earned a nomination for best documentary feature.
“Oscar nominations came out today and I’m glad to see ‘American Factory’s’ nod for Best Documentary,” the former president said in an Instagram post. “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.”
The film hails from filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. It was released through Netflix as part of a lucrative deal with the streaming service.
Michelle Obama added in her own post: “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.”
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