Almost a year after announcing they had joined forces with Netflix to create new TV and film projects, the Obamas have unveiled their first slate of projects for the streaming platform.
In an announcement from Barack and Michelle Obama‘s Higher Ground Productions on Tuesday, seven projects were officially introduced, including documentaries, dramas, and even a Frederick Douglass biopic.
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The first, American Factory, is a doc Netflix acquired from Sundance earlier this year that won the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary. Helmed by Emmy-Award winning director Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the films follows an Ohio town where a Chinese billionaire opens up a factory and employs 2,000 blue-collar workers, only to witness a conflict arise when “high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
The next, Bloom, is a series described as “an upstairs/downstairs drama set in the world of fashion in post WWII New York City.” It centers around women and people of color and the struggles they face.
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The Obamas will also do a feature-length film based on David W. Blight’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, as well as a scripted anthology series called Overlooked, based on the New York Times column about the “remarkable” people whose deaths weren’t reported.
The First Family also has something just for the kids. Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents will be a half-hour preschool series from Drunk History’s Jeremy Konner that will take families “around the globe on an adventure to tell us the story of our food.”
There’s also a nonfiction series called The Fifth Risk, based on Moneyball’s Michael Lewis recent book of the same name, which follows “everyday heroes” and a documentary about disabled teens called Crip Camp.
There is no word on when these projects will officially launch.