American Factory, the first release from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, will be released globally on Netflix August 21, 2019.
Set in post-industrial Ohio, the Netflix original documentary follows a Chinese billionaire who opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. However, early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
Netflix acquired American Factory from Participant Media out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary.
“We are honored and thrilled that Netflix and Higher Ground are teaming up to bring AMERICAN FACTORY to the world. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious. We’re excited about the national and global conversations we believe this film can spark,” said Director Julia Reichert and Director/Producer Steven Bognar.
President and Mrs. Obama formed Higher Ground to produce powerful stories to entertain, inform and inspire, and to lift up new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry. American Factory is the first title from the Higher Ground Productions’ slate to premiere on the streaming service.
“We are drawn to stories that celebrate the human spirit through struggles and triumphs. Julia and Steve have made a remarkable film honoring the importance of dignity and security on the job as the global economy shifts and workers increasingly are caught in the middle,” said Higher Ground Productions’ Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan.
Directors: Academy Award® nominees Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello
Co-producers: Mijie Li and Yiqian Zhang.
Executive producers: Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann