Barack and Michelle Obama have opened up about their first Netflix release as producers in an upcoming conversation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Obamas spoke with the directors of American Factory Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. The film is the first under the Obamas new production arm, Higher Ground.
When Reichert asked the Obamas why they started producing, Barack said, “One way of looking at what we’ve both been doing for the last 20 years, maybe most of our careers…was to tell stories. We want to be in relationships with people and connect with them and work together with them.”
Michelle also added that the film, which focuses on the workers of a factory owned by a Chinese billionaire, isn’t speaking from a particular bias. “One of the many things I love about this film, this project that you two did together, is that you let people tell their own story. American Factory doesn’t come in with a perspective; it’s not an editorial. I mean you truly let people speak for themselves, and that is a powerful thing that you don’t always see happen.”
Check out the clip below, and watch the full interview as well as American Factory itself, on Netflix.
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