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‘American Factory’ Reaches Highest Ground With Oscar Documentary Feature Win

‘American Factory’ Reaches Highest Ground With Oscar Documentary Feature Win

The rustbelt rebound story American Factory won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature tonight, earning gold for the first collaboration between Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground, which produced with Participant Media.

Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert and producer Jeff Reichert accepted the award from presenter Mark Ruffalo, who noted in his introduction that four of the five nominated docs were either directed or co-directed by women.

Reichert saluted her fellow “sister and brother documentarians” from the stage, noting, “We are so proud. We are inspired by you guys.”

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions picked up American Factory after its debut at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, launching the film on Netflix as part of their deal with the streaming platform. The documentary, produced by Participant, explores what happened when a Chinese auto glass giant opened a plant on the site of a shuttered Gm factory near Dayton,

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