Barack and Michelle Obama’s first round of much-anticipated Netflix productions was announced Tuesday, with a lineup that includes documentaries, a drama series, original films, and even a children’s program.
For the former first couple, the projects through their producing group, Higher Ground, is a way to share the stories of and for a diverse group.
“Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect, and inspire us all,” he added.
Netflix unveiled the details of seven projects from Higher Ground Productions:
- American Factory: An award-winning documentary acquired by Netflix that tells the story of a Chinese billionaire who opens a new factory in Ohio and hires 2,000 blue-collar workers. Netflix described the film as showing “early days of hope and optimism giv[ing] way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
- Bloom: A drama series that focuses on both the challenges and progress of women and people of color in post-World War II New York City.
- A feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom: The currently untitled film brings to life the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography.
- Overlooked: An anthology series based on the New York Times feature series of the same name that documents the lives of people who were not given obituaries after they died.
- Listen to You Vegetables & Eat Your Parents: A globe-trotting food show aimed at a preschool audience.
- Fifth Risk: A nonfiction series based on a book of the same name. Netflix says the series will “aim to portray the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation.”
- Crip Camp: A documentary film about a camp for teens who are disabled that sparked the disability rights movement.
The various projects will begin to roll out over the next few years.
“We love this slate because it spans so many different interests and experiences, yet it’s all woven together with stories that are relevant to our daily lives,” Michelle Obama said in a statement. She added:
“We think there’s something here for everyone — moms and dads, curious kids, and anyone simply looking for an engaging, uplifting watch at the end of a busy day. We can’t wait to see these projects come to life — and the conversations they’ll generate.”
News of the Obamas’ partnership with Netflix first broke in March 2018. Now with a slate of seven productions, and more still to come, the former first couple is inching closer to making waves on the major streaming service.