Barak Obama, wife, make first Hollywood appearance
Ex-American President, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle, on Wednesday, made their Hollywood debut with a documentary set in industrial Ohio.
Already, film reviewers are calling it compelling and timely.
“American Factory,” the story of what happened when a Chinese company took over an abandoned General Motors plant, is the first product of a multi-year collaboration between Netflix and Higher Ground, the production company formed last year by the former US president and First lady.
“A good story gives you the chance to better understand someone else’s life. It can help you find common ground. And it’s why Michelle and I were drawn to Higher Ground’s first film,” Obama said in a Twitter post.
The documentary traces the lives of thousands of workers laid off from their auto jobs in Moraine, Ohio, in the 2008 recession, some of whom were hired six years later by Chinese company Fuyao Glass America to make automotive glass in the same plant.