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Barack and Michelle Obama Reveal the Netflix Movies and TV Shows They're Working On

The couple's production company has a slate of seven projects in the works.
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Last year, the Obamas revealed that they had struck a deal to create a production company based at Netflix, called Higher Ground Productions. Now, they've finally announced some specific projects they're working on.

The slate of seven movies and television shows definitely come from a specific point of view, but stop short of intervening in the political discourse. Below, everything that the Obamas have in development.

AMERICAN FACTORY

Higher Ground acquired this documentary film following its acclaimed debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The movie follows an abandoned car factory in Ohio, reopened by a Chinese billionaire. At first, all seems well—two thousand new jobs are created—but the picture soon becomes more complicated.

BLOOM

This post-WWII television series comes from a talented creative team: Thelma and Louise writer Callie Khouri, The Wire director Clement Virgo, and City of the Sunauthor Juliana Maio. The show is described as an "upstairs/downstairs drama," which will focus on the struggles of women and people of color.

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PROPHET OF FREEDOM

Author David W. Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, is being adapted into a feature-length film.


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OVERLOOKED

This scripted anthology series will be adapted from the New York Times's obituary column "Overlooked," which resurfaces the stories of boundary-breaking people who hadn't previously received Times obituaries.

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LISTEN TO YOUR VEGETABLES AND EAT YOUR PARENTS

A half-hour series for preschool children and their families, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents aims to tell the story of the food we eat.

FIFTH RISK

This documentary series, based on author Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball)'s latest book, will highlight the important work carried out by government workers.


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CRIP CAMP

The story of a pivotal moment in the disability rights movement is brought to light in Crip Camp, a documentary co-directed by Jim LeBrecht, who was himself involved at the time.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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