Barack and Michelle Obama revealed what drew them to their new documentary “American Factory” in a new Netflix clip.
The pair chatted with directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar about the flick; a film about post-industrial Ohio. This marks the former U.S. first couple’s first release with their Higher Ground production company.
The former president explained, “One way of looking at what we’ve both been doing for the last 20 years, maybe most of our career, was to tell stories. You want to be in relationships with people and connect with them and work together with them.”
The flick tells the tale of a Chinese billionaire, who opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant.
The synopsis stated, “Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
Barack continued to say of the film in the video, “We want people to be able to get outside of themselves and experience and understand the lives of somebody else, which is what a good story does — it helps all of us feel some sort of solidarity with each other.”
“Let’s see if we can all elevate a little bit outside of our immediate self-interest and our immediate fears and our immediate anxieties and kind of take a look around and say, ‘Huh, we’re part of this larger thing.’”