Obamas Announce First Slate Of Netflix Projects

Yesterday, the Netflix-based production company founded by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama announced a slate of new projects to be released over the next several years.  Higher Ground Productions plans to produce seven television series and movies, both scripted and documentary style. The company said the productions will appeal to adults and children alike.  The Obamas signed a deal with Netflix one year ago to produce new content for the streaming service.  “We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects,” Barack Obama said. “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all.”

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The releases include:

— American Factory, a documentary film about a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in an old General Motors plant in Ohio.


— Bloom, a post-World War II drama series in New York City that focuses on the difficulties faced by women and people of color.


— A feature film adaptation of the book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.


— A series adaptation of The New York Times’ Overlooked project, which features stories about the lives of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper throughout history.


— Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents, a series for preschoolers that explains where food comes from.


— Fifth Risk, a non-fiction series about the work that goes into the government.


— Crip Camp, a feature-length documentary about a summer camp for disabled teenagers.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan